For the last several weeks I’ve found my son quietly sitting in front of the TV watching Spainish cartoons and gameshows. If he watches a DVD he always puts on the Spanish language version whenever it’s available. He even watches the SAP versions of The Simpsons and Friends. I never thought much of it, especially in a time where Dora and Diego have gone mainstream. But my boy’s fascination with all things Spanish came to a head today as we were shopping in Astoria Queens.
I’m used to Hispanic people asking me for directions. Many, many, people over the years have assumed that I was Latino. I once had a boss that told me to not be ashamed of my Dominican heritage, which I never knew I had. I took four years of Spanish in high school and three years in college so I can hold a conversation in Spanish if I have to, though I usually don’t because of nervousness and fear of looking like an idiot. So when a woman came up to me and asked if I spoke Spanish I, like the jerk I can sometimes be, said no. My boy, however, said “si.” Then they had a brief and very coherent conversation that went exactly like this:
“Â¿Donde esta el “N” tren, mijo?” the woman asked my little boy.
“Lo siento, yo no se. PreguntarÃ© a mi padre.” Devin turned to me.
“Daddy, where’s the N train?”
“Next block.” I said, amazed by what was going on in front of me.
“La proxima calle,” he said to the smiling lady.
My jaw was on the ground. After I picked it up I asked my little genius where he learned to speak Spanish. He said “I don’t know. Let’s go get chicken nuggets.”
If anyone reading this believes that this actually happend, then you have no clue what day this post went up.
I admit it. You got me. Good one.
But in my defense, it must mean I think you have a really bright kid. 🙂
You had me at sucker. I was buying it. My oldest can count to ten in Spanish…I figured Devin was just a prodigy. Well done.
Wow, you had me going until he started having a full conversation with the woman
i bought it hook, line, and sinker… good joke!
You got me too! LOL
You got me too – kinda…but, I’m thinking to myself that I read your blog frequently and your son is small – there’s no way he can do that. So – you didn’t really get me. Although, yo puedo hablar en espanol tabien. Es la verdad!
You had me only because these kids of ours are or inevitably will be smarter than use.
Nothing surprises me, but good job.
Ok you had me with this one. Your kid is very smart. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself so that I won’t seem stupid for falling for the joke.
Some kids are just smart like that, you know. It could have happened …
I would have believed he spoke Spanish. But nobody’s kid is that polite to a stranger.
Seemed believable to me, after all he is your child.
Dang you got me man! Good one, good one!
LOL…..good one! I’m thinking…dang he bad as hell but he’s a genuis! BAWAHAHAHAHAAAA
That’s twice I’ve been burned. I couldn’t even comment the day I read this. I had to turn around and walk away from the computer in e-barrassment. :p
I fell for it! Completely. I was thinking that we need to keep Devin as far away from Lovegirl as possible – they could do some serious damage together. Of course, I’m still not sure we should ever let them meet . . .
Wow…i was starting to wonder if I needed to start setting my t.v. to SAP…I mean my daughter is about Devin’s age and she shouts out the occasional Dora words like Vamanos…or counts…but that’s the extent of the Spanish…Dang it…its not even april fools and I’v fallen for a april fools joke…Dang it!!
Good one, ya got me on that one lol
Aww, I was just going to compliment you. It would have been great if it was true 🙂