Tuesday November 13th, 2012

The exercise:

Write two haiku about: diapers.

Hey, I'm not going through this alone.

Though I suspect most of you have had to deal with these things at some point or another. Which means there should be more than enough inspiration to go around, right?

And the gradual conversion from writing blog to baby blog continues apace...


Happy when they're full,
concerned when empty too long.
What's happened to me?

*     *     *

Who designed these things?
I suspect the answer is
a child-hating crone.


Greg said...

So, my first thought on reading today's prompt was, "I wonder how North America ended up with diaper? I've not come across a word for nappy in other European languages that sounds like diaper, so that's a bit odd." So I went and looked it up, and although I don't have a definitive answer, it looks like it comes from a description of the cloth used for nappies. And now I know that "to diaper" means "to apply a small repeating pattern to".
And that's as close as I care to get to diapers, thank-you :)
I like your first haiku better today, mostly for the "ick!" factor :)

Necessity is
The mother of invention:
tea-towels for diapers.

It's all fun and games
Until you get nappy rash
...and you're the adult.

Cathryn Leigh said...

@Greg – yes Diaper is a repeated patter, often seen on paper towels today, as it helps with absorbency (I was a textile major). The Diamond pattern is most common. But now I have to wonder – where in the world did you get the term nappy from?


Night of her birthday
The diaper was change by Dad
Calling Mom upstairs

Blue red and green was her poop
Must be the icing

true story and it’s one I think I’ll be saving to tell the boyfriends when she gets older... it was hilarious, but will probably make more sense to Marc once the baby’s on solid food, thus the poop is more solid.

Changing the diaper
The darling boy pees
Right on Mommy’s hand

Totally true as well

But the multiple hugs and kisses and snuggles I get now made it totally worth it (even if I’d never go though it again on purpose).

Greg said...

@Cathryn: weirdly, nappy comes from napkin! A napkin was originally a little towel (nap + kin), with nap meaning towel coming from 15th Century French nape. So nap grabbed -kin to become a little towel, and then napkin grabbed -y to become an even littler towel, which then got wrapped around a baby's bottom :)

Marc said...

Greg - the things I learn when I'm not expecting to learn anything at all...

Hah, I can see me reaching the tea towel point sooner or later.

Cathryn - blue red and green?! Oh my lord, I can only imagine...