woensdag 25 april 2018

Bartje

The little white boy in the window is Bartje Bartels, the main figure in some books of  Dutch writer Anne de Vries ( 1904-1964). The book dates from 1932 and describes a young boy who grows up in a poor Drenthe farm workers family. He doesn't want to abide by his fate and when his mother serves baked kidney beans and his father calls for prayer he says the famous sentence : I do not pray for brune beans"! (Ik bid nie veur bruune boonen"). This has become a famous exclamation in our country and can be used for everything you don't want to do.
Linking to "signs, signs2"

14 opmerkingen:

  1. I love Bartje Bartels expression Marianne.. I might use in myself in the future 😀

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  2. I will remember that one and may even use it sometime! I'm glad to learn something new today.

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  3. Ja dat is echt iets typisch Nederlands.. :)

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  4. I can relate to not wanting those beans! My dad would probably know the author from childhood.

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  5. I hadn't heard of this literary character, Bartje. I wouldn't be so thankful for baked kidney beans either!

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  6. Hadn't heard of this, so thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  7. I'll have to remember this, never heard it before. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. That sounds like a fun saying. I enjoyed your bike ride too.

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  9. Poor kid, I suppose you can't really pray for a daily dose of beans :)

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