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Happy Father’s Day Tweet

Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere but especially the ones who doctor children’s songs to create gentler universes for their kids. I was a Senior in college when my roommate told me I had the words to a nursery rhyme all wrong. How despicable that the correct words to a line in Suzume no Gakkoo (Sparrow School) is a sparrow teacher who teaches their class by shaking a whip and not their behind!

Chii chii pappaa, chii pappaa Tweet, tweet

Suzume no gakko no sensei wa A sparrow school teacher is

Muchi o furi furi chii pappaa Shaking (their)* whip, tweet

Oshiri behind

Japanese typically elides pronouns as it has here in this nursery rhyme so I don’t know if the sparrow teacher is supposed to be male or female. But watching my dad sing the song gyrating his hips, I always thought the teacher was a dad.

Happy Father’s Day to fathers who immortalize the children in us.

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