Opposite of Yes.
When I think of the word NO, I go back in my mind to when we first returned from the Netherlands. Our son, Jamie was four months old when we arrived in the Netherlands. Hubby was stationed at
Camp New Amsterdam, Soest, Netherlands.
When we returned to the US our son was 18 months old. I used “nee” no in Dutch. It was habit, and one of only very few words I can remember 🙂
Summer of 1979 found us going to San Bernadino for hubby to attend NCO Leadership School. It was a four week course so Jamie and I went to my mom’s in San Jose, CA. I used the word nee anytime to tell Jamie no. Now he was almost two so you can imagine how often I would have to tell him nee.
My younger sister kept telling me to speak English to him…I remember Jamie was crawling up on the dining room table and I said “No, Jamie get down.’ He promptly sat on the top of the table and giggled. My sister got upset because he would not listen to me. I think I said “no” 3x to him. Finally I said “Jamie, nee, you can’t be on the table.” He promptly got off and I then laughed. My sister was so frustrated with me, with Jamie, and then both of us were giggling and that made her super mad.
To this day sometimes I will use the word “nee” instead of “no” it just comes out.
Thanks for the prompt, Donna.
Thanks for the wonderful memory of a precious time in our lives with just one little one.