Hello all! Today's post is a sweet and cute short story that I enjoyed reading and translating. The story talks about a Dad who, inspired by his Boss' new resolution to become a perfect Boss, decided that he too should try to become a perfect dad by satisfying all his kids' needs/requirements but in the end...(lol read it to the end for a funny ending).
A few words about the names in this story. This was a children's story so it uses really childish names for all the children. So if some of the words seem unfamiliar or don't make sense to you, don't worry they are just silly cute children's names. Many of them are intended to be puns as well, playing on fact that the father works in a bakery. Note that because of this I have retained their Chinese names in the translations and just treated them as Chinese names.
However I thought it's worth while to list the children's names and their English translations so you can get the puns intended:
- 面包宝宝 (miànbāo bǎo bǎo) - translates literally to Baby Bread. 宝宝 is also an endearing term that parents call their babies, it's like darling, dear, or precious bub (lol who calls their kids precious bub??).
- 甜甜 (tián tián) - literally means Sweet Sweet, meaning Sweety I guess?
- 小奶人 (xiǎo nǎi rén) - literally means Small Milky Person. I think this is supposed to mean Small Milky Baby.
- 点点 (diǎn diǎn) - literally means Dot Dot which I believe is referring to the piping icing needle device used to decorate the cake with icing or fondant.
Key words to learn:
建议 (jiàn yì) - suggestion; advice
凶巴巴 (xiōng b ābā) - a fierce or strict dad
完美 (wán měi) - perfect or perfection. The way I think of this word is to look at it's constituent characters. 完 means completed and finished. 美 means beautiful. So perfection means to be the finished article of beauty.
[As in, inspired by Boss Zhou's noble new idea] Uncle Luo De suddenly came up with an idea: in the same way, can I also become a perfect dad if my kids provide me with some advice?
So right after he came home, Luo De immediately asked kids to give him some suggestions. He said:” From today onward, I want to be a perfect dad!” "What is perfect?" Baby Bread [lol this is the kid's name - since the dad works in a bakery - it sounds really cute in Chinese but admittedly a little strange in English 🙂 ] asked. “ Perfect means…… to have no shortcomings, everything is good.” Uncle Luo De answered.
“Then…. your black moustache needs to be shaved.” Tian Tian said.
“Yeah and hair must be neat, tie cannot be crooked.” Xiao Nai Ren said.
“Moreover, moreover, cannot be too strict.” Dian Dian said.
“I hope that my dad can come home a bit earlier after work.” Baby Bread said.
“Ok ok, I accept all!” Luo De was so happy that he threw a piece of meat and bone to his big white dog.
The next day, in the morning, Luo De first shaved his black moustache, then combed his hair neatly, and tied his tie so that it was straight and proper.
“Dad is so handsome!” “So cool!” “So perfect!” his kids screamed.
"Lang li ge lang [singing song lyrics]...lang li ge lang.." Luo De went to work cheerfully.
He quickly finished baking and got ready to come home, thinking to himself: "Haha, Baby Bread will definitely be extremely happy today!"
“I am home!” Luo De opened the house door with full of excitement.
OMG, the house was in a mess!
“Dad, we are playing jumping game.” Kids shouted out together.
“Oh dear, my sofa! My phone! My lights! OMG…” Luo De sighed, "How can the world have perfect dads if there are no perfect kids!”