by Nils Axle Kanten
— A little hasty this morning, but now the kids are finally out of the house. Yeesh!
— Oh no! Maya’s lunchbox is here! But where is…?
— Your dad made your sandwich today, huh?
Han Ola og han Per
by Peter J. Rosendahl, with new translations by John Erik Stacy
— Aren’t you feeling well today, Per? Are you sick, Per? PER?
— Are you sick in your tummy or in your noggin?
— I can’t sleep at night.
— I have some advice for that Per.
— When you go to bed tonight, start to count the ticking of the clock and before you know it you will sleep like a pig.
— Is that so…
— One, Two, Three, Four—
— Ninety-five thousand three hundred and six, Ninety-five thousand three hundred and seven, Ninety-five thousand—
This article originally appeared in the November 1, 2019, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.