Bob Anderson wrote looking for help with a Swedish childhood rhyme. Here’s his question:
Do you know of a children’s verse my dad (born 1879) used to do with the grandkids? He would bounce them on his knees, holding their hands, and at the climax, open his knees and drop them down as if to drop them on the floor to their squeals of fear and delight (that he didn’t do it). I can’t do the Swedish, but I’ll try to do a transliteration.
Anders Peters kroka, Hun skal ut y oka
Inga hadda hun som steer di
So fur hun heit, so fur hun deit (swung them to one side and then the other)
Und so fur hun near y deekit (opened his knees and dropped them down and up again)
Anders Peters (something) He shall go out to ride
He didn’t know how or didn’t have a way to steer
So he went this way and that way
And then he fell in the ditch.
I am a first generation Swede and am almost 93. My dad lived to be almost 99. My wife and I went to China at ages 65 and 66 and taught English for 20 years. Now we are really retired and live in Loves Park, Illinois. I enjoy remembering good things from the past. I wish I had had my dad put more of it in writing.
If anyone can help Bob, please let us know in the comments below.
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