Of Dirty Chooks

From an old Journal – 12 November 1989
It’s funny how things don’t really change. The other day I was out in the car with Luke and Glen when Luke said, “There’s a horse!”

Both Glen and I looked and Luke started giggling “Made you look you dirty chook”, he said.

I remember the same phrase from my days at school and it’s probably been around for much longer than that. All these things that Luke is learning have obviously been passed on from schoolyard generation to generation and will no doubt continue to be. It’s something I hadn’t thought about fro years and it surprised and delighted me to hear it again.

Glen tried to mimic Luke. “There’s a horse you chook,” he said. And Luke as so often does sighed and patronisingly told his little brother the correct phrase.

Glen tried again. “Look a dirty chook,” he yelled with conviction.

All three of us laughed with Luke shaking his head wisely “Glen always gets it wrong doesn’t he Dad.”
The photo is of my boys today, a far cry from the 4 and 5 year olds of that post above. And you know what they still get on well most of the time, but love nothing better than taking the piss out of each other when they can.



  1. Shinade said,

    July 25, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    I could have sworn that your header is a picture of a harbor you would find anywhere along the coast line of Maine. I love the ocean and here I am in the middle of the country almost…odd how life takes in ways we never imagined..huh? I love the photos and your blog…quite handsome young men. I am also tagging you as one of my favorites…this is a lovely family blog.~Jackie

  2. meleah rebeccah said,

    July 25, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    so sweet! what a nice story! (and great kids!)

  3. paisley said,

    July 26, 2007 at 1:34 am

    what a lovely post and picture!!! how nice to see the three of you together…

  4. Loz said,

    July 26, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Thankyou Jackie – the photo is of Boatsheds on Wagonga Inlet, at Narooma on the South Coast of New South Wales.

    Mel – it’s hard to believe they’ve grown up so quickly

  5. Blur Ting said,

    July 26, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Nice little story!

  6. Rhea said,

    July 26, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    I don’t know what a chook is but I like seeing the Before and After photos of your offspring!

  7. Loz said,

    July 26, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Thankyou Blur

    Sorry Rhea – I sometimes forget to explain when I use the vernacular – A chook is a chicken

  8. OneFullHouse said,

    July 29, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    That is a great picture to recap the story.

    Thanks for sharing.

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