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One of the early influences that may have led me to come up with Vacuum County, one that I've never thought of before, is this book from my childhood.
This is Vacuum County.
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And this is the book from my childhood.
Actually, this is the front of it.
It's one of those accordion books that have lots of pictures of animals. And I had it when I was a baby.
And so there would be a picture of a dog. And it would say כלב.
And there was a picture of a bunny. And it said שפן. Although a lot of people say you should say ארנב instead of שפן. And there was a picture of turkey, and it said תרנגול הודו.
There was a picture of a cat, and it said חתול. There was a picture of a rooster, and it said תרנגול.
And there was a picture of a duck and it said ברווז. And there was a picture of a horse, and it said סוס.
And then there was a picture of a cow, and it said פרה.
Well, my mother, when I was about eighteen months old, and this is not something that I personally remember, but it's something that my mother told me about, she was trying to see whether I could read or not at eighteen months. So she pointed right here, and she said: "Aya, what does this say?" And I said: "פרח ".פרח means flower. And I thought that she was pointing to the flowers that are right here in the grass by the cow.
Okay. It just so happens that the word for פרח (flower) and the word פרה, which means cow, well, they have the first two letters in common. And the last letter, the ה in פרה would be a ח in פרח. So my mother said: "Oh, wow, that's so close! You're almost reading."
Of course, I just thought that she was pointing at that flower. And then, of course, she realized that I was looking at the flower and not the word.
Anyway, this illustrates that cows have always played a part in my literacy, and that literacy has always played a part in my life, and that misunderstanding small things about words can have big consequences. So all of that may have been a subconscious influence on Vacuum County.