Hard to believe it has been 3 weeks since my last post – Gyovanna is now over 31 weeks with the baby over four pounds! We are all breathing easier. Routines have been established with lots of playing with trains, learning ABCs, colors, puzzles, playing outside, singing songs, and cooking a bit. Tator-tot hot dish, chili and scotcheroos are hits! In my ‘time off’, I enjoy quiet moments with a ‘sea turtle latte’ at a little coffee house, taking walks in the sunshine (gotta love Texas in the spring!), writing articles for submission to a well known book series, and working on Book #2.
Here are some new observations – continued from my last post…AND a peek at Book #2:
Liam, the three year old, speaks very well and changes effortlessly between English and Spanish. I posted a video on Face Book of him doing this! His preschool teacher told his mom it was evident that Grandma was living here the past month as his English greatly improved. Even the two year old is picking up many words in English. We all enjoy singing the table blessing in English!
A housekeeper comes once a month and she is Mexican. Of course, when she has come before she spoke Spanish. When I answered the door and said ‘hello’ to her, she said ‘hello’ and we spoke in English. Liam, while he is bilingual along with his parents, was quite surprised she is too!
At the grocery store, there was a cute couple who looked Jamaican. Liam had heard them speaking English behind us in line. They heard ‘our’ family speaking Spanish so they smiled at Liam and said ‘”hola!”. Liam, wide eyed said, “Grandma, they speak Spanish!”
A tough supper for Liam is when it just the two grandmothers with he and Jace. He talks to one of us in English, the other in Spanish and then translates for the other. He is very capable!
Whenever I hear a word from one of the boys I don’t understand, I assume it is Spanish. The other grandmother assumes it is English and sometimes it is neither, just a little boy trying to say a difficult word like tapioca!
Usually when someone is whispering, they are talking about you. Not here! People can clearly be talking about me (or about something they want to keep private) and they simply need to speak Spanish. When they do whisper, it is my clue it is NOT about me! A paranoid person could not do my ‘job’!
Liam also understands and says phrases like “’Somebody’ is going to want my train if he sees it!” or “I’m just hangin around over here.”
Despite the language difference, both of us grandmothers share sentiments with ‘that look’, laughter, worried looks and proud smiles. As parents, we even sometimes roll our eyes! As grandparents, we sometimes shake our heads and absolutely know what the other is feeling, and sometimes a hug is what we both need.
I have seen, heard about, and felt discrimination first hand—it is sad how others judge people based on language!
I am getting use to country music in my car. I’ve always listened to Christian music in my car with a variety of music on my ipod and phone. However, my son takes my car to work and chose a country station. When I take my car, the country station stays on and just adds to the Texas adventure!
The planning of food, purchasing of food, and preparing of food takes up hours each day! The main meal is dinner which is ‘supper’ to me. Many days, preparation of dinner starts in the morning with chopping, frying, simmering and other long processes but the outcome is delicious! I love all of the fresh vegetables that are used. A tortilla is also a staple that has been used for all three meals but not everyone needs to partake. I have not succumbed to beans as part of breakfast! I’m learning to make chicken bouillon, onion soup, and vinaigrette dressing among yummy and health salads. Salads are never just opening a bag of iceberg lettuce. This is OK as we have time – lots of time – to slice, chop, grate and sprinkle!
Yep, it is an issue both mentally and physically! Revisions in the schedule has helped!
For those that have been asking about Book #2, yes, it is in editing right now. This book continues with grandma taking her grandchildren on walks (not baby #5!) and they meet three animal families they follow for their first year – geese, deer and elk. There is wildlife photography of the new babies through adults. There are other animals that grandma and her grandchildren meet and learn about. The children also learn about sunrises and sunsets, stars and the moon. This book was very fun to write I am looking forward to the next steps. Stay tuned for updates!
PS – I know my photos don’t match the sections under this post – see the section on Energy – I’m going to take a nap!