Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ne Regardez Pas Le Renard Qui Passe

I have rediscovered "duck duck gray duck" (or duck duck goose) Belgian style. During a party of a family friends my younger host sister and her friends invited me to play a game with them. The belgian rules are practically the same as "duck duck grey duck" with minor differences. For both of the american game and belgian game we sit around in a circle and the person who is "it" starts to walk around. Instead of tapping each persons head while saying duck, the children of belgium chant:

"Ne regardez pas le renard qui passe 
Mais regardez le quand il est passé 
Traîne traîne mon balai 
Je le donne je le donne 
raîne traîne mon balai 
Je le donne à qui voudra !"

And the person who is "it" throws an object (a sock for example) at one of the people who sit around the circle. Furthermore, the person who is "it" is chased by the person he or she chose around the circle. The person who is "it" must sit down in the empty space around the circle before the chosen person tags them. If the chosen one does not catch the person who is "it" then it's his or her turn to be "it," but if the chaser catches the person who is "it" then the original person who walked around the circle must sit in the middle of the circle. The tagged person who was "it" cannot play until the next round. For the american style, if the person who is "it" is tagged then he or she simply is "it" again. 

People are not as different as I expected. We play similar games (like duck duck grey duck), eat almost the same foods, require the same basic needs, and much more. Even some of the words in the french language are the same or very close to english words. In the end, I may be far from home but I am surrounded by people who are like me with minor differences.

1 comment:

  1. I noticed you called the game "Duck Duck Gray Duck"... does this mean that I'm no longer the only Minnesotan in Belgium?