What follows is one in a series of folk tales Emma is in the process of writing since we arrived in Texas visiting Soma Mukhopadhyay. I’ve written about Soma quite a bit; for more posts about Soma click ‘here‘, ‘here‘, and ‘here‘. Anyone who is curious about Soma’s Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) please visit her website, which is full of terrific information.
A quick note about how I transcribe Emma’s words. Emma points with a pencil to letters on a laminated letter board that Soma holds in front of her, though she also has Emma hold the laminated board herself from time to time. No one touches Emma as she does this. Every few words that Emma spells, Soma takes the pencil from her and writes what she has written and repeats the words out loud. Emma then proceeds. As there is no way to punctuate the words as she spells them, I take my notes, transcribe them and ask her to tell me where to put commas and periods. This story, Emma wrote yesterday and afterward told me, “You could put it on the blog!”
Why People Walk on Two Legs ~
A Folk Tale By Emma
Long ago people walked like animals because it was funny. They had to work in the fields wearing knee-shoes and regular shoes. They could not run fast that way.
In ancient Turkey there was a man who was sort of a doctor. He had to be very careful while treating his patients. He saw most of his patients had bone injury, so he asked them to stand. It was against the law. Kings punished anyone who walked that way.
But one day the king hurt his back. The doctor treated him. Finally the king made it legal. Today it is natural to walk the way we walk.
Emma chose this image from a google search for images of “evolution of man walking”