Need Another Translation, Please!
- Hello folks, I really appreciate the help I received translating a phrase
written to me by a corespondent it Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic.
This time I need help in translating an adage from English to Czech, could
someone please help me?
The adage is: "If you run with the wolves, then you must howl with the
I have another application for this adage; however, I want to share the
family story on this one. Although my mother's family was a farm family,
propriety, good manners, and a well-ordered life were their priorities.
Well, when my Dad met my Mother, he knew that she was the one great true love
of his life. The feeling was mutual; however, my mother wanted a career of
her own before having a family so it took some courting by my Dad to convince
her that that they should be married right then.
Well, they were married and there was always a great, true, and special love
there. However, my Mother then found that when she married my Dad, she also
became part of two close families. The Mrazek and the Rektoriks. I've told
you about my Grandpa Tom Mrazek shooting the anvil off (so you can see this
side was not all that sedate) and the Rektoriks also enjoyed vigorous
lifestyles. Mother found that she was expected to camp at the family fishing
place, then at the mouth of La Garta Creek and the Nueces River under the
huge spreading live oaks hung with Spanish moss. My Grandmother, Jennie
Mrazek Rektorik, was always looking for adventure so she would persuade my
mother to look for the nests of wild turkeys along the river's edge or some
such thing. Both sides of the family also hunted together and the deer camp
was always full of children, taroks, dominoes, and good food. A love for big
camp fires came from both sides so we lit up the county many a night.
Again, this was all somewhat extreme for a young lady who had attend the
University of Texas and had previously moved with more sedate and cordial
groups. Once she went to her father and explained that she did love my
father so dearly; however, all the outdoor activities and family outings was
somewhat more than she had bargained for. Her father thought for a moment
and then told her: "If you are going to run with the wolves, then you must
howl with the wolves!"
My mother did just fine. She brought refinements to camping and, in turn, my
Dad hosted many large, much more formal gatherings at our home.
There was never a doubt that my Mother and Father were destined for each
other. My mother died over thirty years ago. There has never sense been
another woman for my Dad.
Anyway, I would appreciate a translation, if someone can help me.
Susan Rektorik Henley