The little red-haired girl and I are real fans of the cartoon film Madagascar. We’ve watched the first one so often, we know most of the lines by heart. We can still get a laugh out of everyday situations where a line applies.
One of my favourite lines is when the King Julian, voiced by Sacha Baron Cohen, turns to Maurice and says:
Shame on you! Do you not realise you have insulted the freaks?
The other day I repeated the freaks line and then asked her:
You know what the word freak means, eh?
It’s not a nice way to talk about someone, and you actually shouldn’t use it because it’s an insult, but it used to be what they called a baby that wasn’t born normal, like if it had two heads or something. They used to have what they called freak shows, where you’d pay money to see people like that.
Have there really been babies born with two heads?
Sure… you know about Siamese twins, right? Doctors try to separate them at birth if they can, but sometimes, it’s impossible. I saw a movie once on the plane about two teenage girls. They were one girl from the shoulders down, but on their shoulders, they had two heads.
Yeah. They actually lead a normal life. They’re treated like separate people, each has her own personality, they go to school, have friends, play sports, they can drive a car, have hobbies – everything we do. It’s amazing, really. I’ll find you a video of them and show you. I saw it first when I was on a flight to Canada when I went by myself that time, and I couldn’t believe it.
—After watching the video, she asks:
What if they get a boyfriend?
Yeah, what if one falls in love with someone, but the other one doesn’t?
— We left it at that.