The History Student


Are you okay? Hello… hello…? Filemonek Are you feeling well? Pigeon… Hello…? I think he’s asleep I hope he isn’t sick Poor pigeon Ahhh… he might bite me! Pigeons don’t bite They could just, like, flap their wings… Don’t be scared, just make sure you wash your hands afterwards. And speak Polish, please! You’re beautiful… You’re not scared at all, little one Little pigeon… What a cutie! Woah!! Come here little pigeon… Poor little pigeon! Will I buy you a breadroll? (Piotrkowska Street) English is forbidden! Half of your family is from Poland… …and I want you to know that Poland is your culture. It’s really good to know two languages Filemonek, I hope you understand me! Do you? I asked my dad what it was, he said it might be UFO, it might not be… In the hut, I saw these lights and definitely thought it was a UFO But then he told me this story that helped me understand about UFOs – what they really are So maybe you, when you’re older, will understand also So that when you’re by the lake or the river, you don’t worry about tying the gimp… …here’s some lead weights, see? And what is that? These ones are for a bigger fish… and these are… That’s enough now, don’t pull it in anymore Here are some things, look, that we used in the hut Cards, because we liked playing cards here… …here is a Mushroom Guide, because Grandad still likes picking mushrooms… …and this guide helps him distinguish edible from poisonous mushrooms… …and here is a really old box, it used to hold chocolates, like these ones here… …but it was a long time ago… …and now in this box there are grandad’s tools… …a fishing float, another one… …and a bigger float with three hooks so that a bigger fish can be caught… …and here is a book about fish, ”Fish and Bait”… …when I was a kid I used to read this book over and over because there are many different types of fish in here… …that Grandad liked to fish for in the lake… Mom, this is boring! All of this is very interesting! And boring! But it’s not boring, if you want we can play cards with Grandad, you and I… And: boring! Are you making alien babies? We come in peace We come in peace They’re making me shake my arm like this! Both arms! What monster lives in this lake? What language do the fish speak? What is the best ship in the world? Why don’t animals play cards? Fish can’t walk, only swim… No, I don’t think I would I jump in the water from the big pier! What planet are you from? Did you come here to study humans? You look a bit sad… And you look stuck… That is how we do it on our planet! You didn’t like it, did ya? You want to hide your head… Take that back to your planet! …among the taxonomy scientists there has been a discussion for many years… …about whether this is a separate species… …or only a subspecies of… …Pieris napi… Right …some authors believe that it is a… …so called… …so called semi-species… …others think it’s only a modification and not an individual species… Well done …The author of this guide had the opportunity to… …e-e-examine po-po-population… Filemonek, how about you read something easier? Something I read when I was your age, eh? No, I want to read about aleens-alienees! About aliens? This?! Okay, go ahead then… This species from Carpathians and Alps… …and he is willing to admit the status of a sep-sep-separate species… Mom? Yes? I cut the worm in half and it’s still moving! Huh? Because I wanted to use it as bait… And why did you do that? Use it then, just put it on the hook! This is disgusting! Nah, it is not… Take the half that is moving less… ..stick it on the hook… …and it’ll make a great dinner for the fish! Ugh, disgusting! Filemonek, stop moaning… …if dad was here you’d do it! Oh, Filemonek… Where will I put down the worm? Filemonek! What? Come here, please… But I still have the worm… Didn’t the fish eat it? What? No… Can we go… go on the boat? Yes, I think we will… as soon as I wash my hair Will I be allowed to fish on the boat? Sure, you will – but you’d have to be careful… …not to capsize the boat, okay? When can I fish? When? When? When? Not yet On the island? Oh… I don’t know We’ll see… …for now we’ll just enjoy the boat But I really want to! Oh stop moaning… Please! Please! Please! Please! You have to wait a while, okay? Be patient… Now? No… not now… I think we’re on a sandbank… …we have to row through it……see how shallow it is here? We have to get off the sandbank Oh! Cool! Are there some fish? Mmmmmmm… no… Fish! Can I fish now? Little Bee What fish… …can I fish? Here we have Roaches… …the little silvery fish Bass also lives here… Green and red and spiky backs… Sometimes you can get pricked by them There might be Bream here Maybe eels… And Pike… And there are Pike… Pike are hard to catch because they are very big… Big fish… Can I fish on the island? Can I? You can, you can. But first we have to get there. On what side?! Ehhhhhh….. Beach is good Oh, Filomonek, you’re pestering me! What? I like fishing… We haven’t even reached the island… Here- Soon, soon… We’re nearly there Where can I fish here? I’ll tell you in a minute… …just a second… Maybe you’ll find some girls! Go! Go! Go and explore! You might find some treasure… Fish! Your food! Fish! Food! …Spacemen… Spacemen… Spacemen… …Spacemen… Spacemen… Spacemen… …Spacemen… Spacemen… Spacemen… Filemonek! …Spacemen… Spacemen… Spacemen… Where does this tunnel lead to? Will I end up somewhere else? And why is it getting smaller? Why is it even here? Why? Why are those Lego blocks there? I wonder who lives inside! Did they see me? They must have really big eyes… Maybe they have really big ears too? They can surely hear my thoughts… I’m back, what day is it?! Is my mom still at the hut? Maybe she didn’t notice I was gone… Why won’t you talk to me? I talk to you and you’re not replying! You just say nothing… You never talk to me! It’s really boring to… …to… It’s just boring!! She only speaks Polish She says that I… …must speak… ..too… …in Polish… …to all… …and it’s very hard. Dad isn’t coming back for weeks… Weeks! But I know that he’ll speak English… This Polish is so hard! I wonder if fish have different languages too? But if they talk, the water must get into their mouth… …or maybe they don’t need any words to say things… I’ll ask dad when he comes back… Oh cute kitty! It’s dark shouldn’t he be asleep? Come here little kitty, wanna play with this branch? What a sweet kitty! I bet he can’t speak Polish either… Does he speak kitty language? My mom said animals can’t speak… Why don’t they? I wonder why? But he is here, in Poland, so he must speak Polish… Why? What? What is that? Is it a… That is weird… …kitty sees it! It’s not there really, is it? But I can see it, too! How…? Kitty ran away… If I wave my arms they will see me! What time is it? Will mom even notice I am not in bed… If only it saw me! Am I invisible? Where is it going? Maybe I can catch it in my hands… Why can’t I just grab it out of the sky? Mister Beetle… Mister Beetle… are you okay? I will take you back to your family in the forest…. What … …what are you doing? UFOs! What’s there? There up in the sky! How do you… What do you do ? And why do you… …have to come? And just take everything away from us? Why?! How far can your antennae send a message? Fly to my country! Not to another country! How far can your antennae send a message? Aliens! I’ve been waiting for you and waiting! Here! Here you have to land! On this island… You know? Right… This… Minute! I’ve had enough… …waiting… …I’m alone, all alone… …I can only talk to animals… …and my mom told me to speak Polish all the time.. …it’s very hard, you know… Your language is surely… …easier! Do other animals on your planet… …have this antennae as well? Is this antennae necessary… …to fly into space? How far can your antennae send a message? What did you say? Are all of your… …all… …your animals… How far can your antennae send a message? It was a mistake… …to have sent you to the Dogstar! I should have gone there myself! It was a mistake… …to have sent you to the Dogstar! Take me to your leader! St… No… You can’t do that! You’re cheating! Filemonek! Filemonek I’m glad to see you interested in sports, too! It’s cool that you like soccer! I used to like to play… I am not interested in sports! Only in spacemen… The aliens took everything… …they left nothing behind… …totalistic annihilation… …we didn’t see them enter our orbit… Are the aliens real? Filemonek… …I’ll explain when you’re older, okay? Are the aliens real?! Look, Filemonek… …you’re honestly too young to understand it. Oh come on, tell me! I am not really that young at all! Okay… …we’ll see if you can understand it… …alright? I’ll tell you a story… …that my Dad – your Grandad – told me It was in his youth… …when Grandad went to university in another city where he didn’t know anyone… …so one night he decided to go to a pub and make some new friends… …perhaps meet some fellow students… …he went to a pub, ordered a big mug of beer… ….took the beer to sit down and looked around… …and he saw… …a beautiful girl… …he said… …she was so beautiful that he really wanted to talk to her… …but she was already talking to someone else… ….so not wanting to be rude… …he… …he just… …decided to wait for the right moment… …to approach to her… …and so he heard… …the student she was chatting with saying… …something like: “that’s just the way it is… …it’s always been like that… …right from the very beginning people have been at war with one another… …it’s just the way we’re made…” Grandad thought… what are they talking about? He was somewhat intrigued! He decided… …to talk to her himself.. …and when he noticed that the girl… …had finished chatting to that student… …and walked up to another one… …Grandad quickly took his beer and sat closer to them… …but all he heard was the exact same conversation as before! That people are simply “built this way”… …that it’s “always been like that… …and it always will be!” All about the wars… ….people generally not getting along in the world… He didn’t really know what to think about that… …but he saw that the girl was walking away… …so quickly he picked up his beer… …and went over to ask her the same question! “What do you think about it?” he called out to her. She turned to face him. She really looked at him. Her eyes seemed to get bigger… …and it was then Grandad noticed her eyes were bigger than most people’s… …and she says… “What do I think about what?” So Grandad says.. “Well… do you agree that… that it’s always going to be like this?” “Throughout human history?” “That it’s… just the way it is?” And she… …she looked at him and said… “But… …but this is only the beginning of human history!” He was surprised to hear that… He thought… …the beginning?! How can it be the beginning if so much has happened? Especially after what his own father had told him about the wars… Hmmm…what else did he say….. So Grandad… …your Grandad… …asked the girl… “But.. …don’t you think it’s just the way we are made?” “That we fight… we don’t get along… we make war?!” And she says… “But look… look at our hands… …our fingers… …our eyes and ears… …we’re designed for cooperation!” So Grandad asked what she studied. “Sociology?” “Philosophy?” …and she says… “No, history.” That baffled Grandad! He got lost in thought and while he was thinking she wandered off… Grandad had so many more questions to ask her so looked all over the pub and street… … but he couldn’t find her anywhere and when he asked around nobody had seen where she went… …he thought someone must have, because she was so beautiful, but nobody could help him! He went to the pub the next day… … and again asked other students if they saw her… …nobody remembered her! Eventually, he decided to ask the History professors what her name was… …but none of the professors remembered such a girl… …that confused Grandad so much… …and that is the end! Did you understand it? No… …it didn’t answer my question! Ah Filemonek… …it’s bedtime, okay? Goodnight! Filemonek! Filemonek? Mushrooms… …mushrooms aren’t from another planet, okay?! They aren’t aliens! Mushrooms come from our planet! We’ve just picked them, yes? They’re not spacemen… mushrooms are mushrooms and they grow on earth! It’s precisely what I learned after eating mushrooms, actually! That… …you are the tree and the tree is you!

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