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Saturday, March 17, 2012

My Irish Day

A couple of years ago I called out to my little dogs and there was something strange about my voice.  I was born in England and spent the first five years of my life in the Midlands so, at first, I thought somehow my English accent had returned.  

But as I continued to talk out loud I realised it was an Irish accent.  A beautiful, lilting,melodic Irish accent.  At first I was astonished, then captivated and found it very amusing.  It was so different to my usual voice and accent.  My little dogs didn't recognise my call at all.   I renamed myself Colleen. I ran around and sang and danced and revelled in my Irishness.
However after about 15 minutes of fun, I started to get a bit concerned.  I was still working at the time and I started to wonder how I would explain this weird phenomenon at the shop the next day.  We had lots of regular customers, some of whom really were Irish - would they think I was being cheeky or worse, mocking them?  What would my bosses say?  
I decided to ring John.  I had a great deal of trouble persuading John I was me.  He thought it was a huge joke and kept saying he thought my Irish voice was very sexy.

Another hour or so passed and by now I was getting really worried.  It's amazing how intrinsic your voice is to your sense of self.  My initial joy disappeared and I no longer felt like me.  

So I rang the MS Society.  (Some of you may not know I've had Multiple Sclerosis for a number of years)  The woman on the phone initially seemed taken aback but I guess the support workers have heard many a strange story, so she suggested that I may have some damage to the language centre of my brain.  I googled my condition and found others had experienced the same thing.  I felt dismayed and went to bed having decided to wait until the next morning to ring my neurologist.  

And for joy the next morning Colleen had disappeared and I was back.  I thought I'd share this strange story as my way to remember St Patrick's Day and reminisce about my Irish experience.

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  1. Interesting story Melody , perhaps you were Irish in another life ;-)

  2. I am so glad you recovered from that very strange episode, Happy St Patrick's day to all you lovely Irish out there.

  3. must have been a bit scary, changing accents like that. The brain is still a big mystery.

  4. Oh to be sure... to be sure!
    HappY St Paddy's Day to you too! :)

  5. That's amazing - the brain does incredible things.... the leprochaun in you visited for a day?
    Happy St Paddy's - GREEN BEER!!!!

  6. How very strange. Love your pics...think I will pass on the green beer.

  7. Thank you for sharing your very interesting story. I'm sure it must have been horribly stressful for you, but you know, if I was going to suddenly acquire a new accent, an Irish one would be one of my first choices. :)

  8. wow how bazzar Mel it would have been quite frightening for you,amazing thing this body of ours.xx

  9. I think we all wish we had a little Irish in us. Yours was just showing itself for a day. Happy St Pat's Day.

  10. Happy St PAtrick's Day, Melody! The voice change would have felt very strange. I wonder why Irish? The brain is an amazing thing, isn't it?

  11. O h wow, what an interesting story. I am a pom, born in the UK and lived there with my family for a few years before they came out to Australia and for some strange reason, every now and then I have this "plumb" stuck in my throat and I just can't shake it. The kids love it but to me it just sounds strange and I stop talking. A lot of people don't know that I am a Pom untill this happens and I can't stop it!

  12. I wonder if Colleen will come back to visit again!

  13. You would have sounded different if you spoke with a Midlands accent Melody. I am from the North Midlands and we have some funny ways and words. Where in the Midlands are you from. I am from Stoke on Trent - home of the world's best pottery. It must have been a very scary experience for you.

  14. How very unusual and scary at the same time.
    I have been practicing an Irish accent, and can't quite get it right. I am much better as a Scot.

  15. What a fantastic episode. I wonder if you will ever meet Collen again.
    Thank for your fabulous free stuff.

  16. Melody, that's fascinating. I am a nurse and have met folk who have changed accent after a stroke.
    Where in the Midlands did you live as a child. I live there now.

  17. How amazing. We are much more than we imagine ourselves to be. So interesting Melody. Loved all the pics.



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