If you're wondering if I'm ever going to comb my hair again, the answer is maybe. Working at a garden center has its benefits. No one notices or cares if you wear ratty clothes and a hat every single day. Just thought I'd throw that out there...
You may or may not know that nearly every member of my family speaks a foreign language.
Missions are beneficial that way. It breaks down like this:
Dad, Mom, my two brothers and my sister-in-law served in Brazil. (And now Dad and the boys can speak Spanish fluently too.)
My three younger sisters and one sister-in-law served in Spanish speaking countries. (Panama, Chile, and two in Spain.)
Bec and I served here in the United States, English speaking. (I'm mostly not bitter now.)
We studied Spanish in high school and then I studied it mucho more after high school. I'm not as fluent as I'd like to be...but I can hold my own. Becca speaks more than she thinks she does.
My brother-in-law served in Italy but you would be surprised at the Spanish he throws out.
I'm not sure that my brothers know how to speak a full sentence in English. I'm not sure that any of us do. It can be highly entertaining. Whenever we sing 'Happy Birthday' we sing it in English AND Portuguese. It's a requirement.
The little kids speak a few words here and there. They all say hola and adios and bien and stuff. The nephews say a bit more...Nick can say que pasa, and no pasa nada, and Josh can say even more.
For a long while my nieces thought that any Latino was simply called 'Hola.' One night we were at Wal Mart and Gabi and Erika got so excited. "Look Noelle! It's a whole bunch of Holas!" Can you be any more innocent than that?
We have guys from Mexico who have worked for us forever and they are like family. The little kids adore them and have no fear of using what Spanish they do know. Sami, who is just learning how to talk, came to the nursery yesterday to play with Grandpa.
She and Becca stopped to say hi to me. She pointed to one of the guys and said, "la...la." Becca said, "she's saying 'hola'". The guy turned around and said, "Hola Sami." Sami said, "la" and then went a step further than any of the others have ever dared, and blew him a kiss. I'm pretty sure it made his day.