—35… Not young anymore, and not really old…
—…But maybe time to grow up?
—The pressure’s on me to have an opinion about the weather, health care queues, and prices at the liquor store. I’m supposed to have a decent conversation with my mother-in-law and cultivate a lawn without dandelions. Grown-up things.
by Nils Axle Kanten, Translation by Andy Meyer
—Ahhh! It’s finally Sunday! Time to relax!
—Wake up lazybones! Aren’t you going to greet the new neighbor?
—Nope…Today I’m not going to do anything but enjoy the sun before the darkness and cold set in.
—Come on, show a little civility!
—Hi there! Hjalmar, here…
—Top of the morning, Hjalmy! Larsen, here! We’ll see you at the neighborhood work party, right? Bring coffee and a good attitude!
—Welcome to the neighborhood work party. 6:00pm today at the playground! Best, Larsen 🙂
Han Ola og Han Per
by Peter J. Rosendahl, with new translations by John Erik Stacy
—But how are we going to hoist it up so we can get at the piston ring?
—Oh, I’ve taken care of that.
—You are a smart cookie, Per, who can use a mule for something like this.
—Oh, I know a lot of tricks like that, Ola, I do.
—It breaks my heart to see how they mistreat animals here in America.
—There now, you’re free.
This article originally appeared in the January 24, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.