IS THERE anything after ‘yellow, yellow, dirty fellow’, asked my elder son Hrik. I had no answer.
Why does it always have to be yellow, asked the eight-year-old again. He was too young to understand his father was in a profession associated with that colour. Or that the line had a racial connotation when coined ages ago.
“Because children like you always avoid brushing their teeth regularly,” I said. He wasn’t satisfied; his face said that.
It wasn’t long before he found his answer. And made me realize he wanted to use colours beyond yellow.
A couple of days back, he began reciting:
Yellow, yellow, dirty fellow
Blue, blue, swine flu
Green, green, blood screen
Red, red, you are dead…
Does that sound like something an eight-year-old could make up? I didn’t think so until I saw him holding a handout while carrying on with the yellow-blue-green-red routine. It was a colourful list of dos and don’ts about swine flue, something he had brought home from an awareness campaign in school.
Hrik loves to draw and play with colours. Maybe, he has it in him to play with words too.
And not without rhyme or reason. Dirtiness sustains the A(H1N1) virus, and swine flu victims need to have their blood sample screened or end up dead if not treated in time.