April 27, 2009

Bilingual? Maybe, Baby.

I wonder often if by moving here, William is missing too much of what beautiful Sarasota has to offer, e.g., terrific kids' theater, skate parks, sailing camps, the Ringing Museum and even a Circus camp. But it's all worth it because he'll be bilingual, right?

People get excited when they remind me of the advantages William will have when he is fully bilingual. In this shrinking, globally connected world, another language will bolster any career the kid chooses. He'll be a better communicator. All true. ( But, whispers the cynic in me ... being bilingual could also mean he'll just be able to sell drugs on both sides of the border!)

Having your kid become bilingual also presents a potential problem for an only semi-bilingual, middle-aged mom. I am now in a constant race to keep ahead of my son in the Spanish department, and he's fast approaching the pass-me-by point. If only I can become fluent, I'll know that when he says he told his posse how great a mom I am, I'll hear that what he really called me is an an evil, wicked dictator.

My friend Jenni, who has four kids, refers to fluency as the "F" word. Now she's been in Central America for four years and has a way younger brain than mine , so if Jenni sees fluency as an unbeatable dragon, I'm in deep doo doo. Or, as we say in Spanish, "mucha mierda!"

Undoubtedly our move has provided a simpler childhood. On the left are posted photos of a lovely spot our friend, Farmer Henry took Larry and William, not 40 minutes from our house. Old fashioned fun from another decade. I must say, it does beat the hell out of a Gameboy.

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Mrs. Bliss told us there is a caterpillar here that is pink and fuzzy, and, if you touch it, its fur will stick in your skin and sting you! This happened to her daughter, Aylana. It was very painful and they had to pull the fibers out using tape! There are also scorpions and snakes, but I think there are more poisonous snakes in Florida.

William is busy, busy. In the morning he does his home schooling (Dad is his teacher!). Then, around 9:00 he rushes happily off to the local, Catholic, Spanish-only school where he audits the 4th grade! He's been doing some skim boarding but we are seriously missing the skating. Surfing looms in the near future. For a change we finally have kids on our street to play with, (not to mention dogs and roosters, snakes, toads, etc.) and it is wonderful making new friends. Still, William really misses his friends and family back in Sarasota. It's wonderful to get messages from the folks back home.

We send a special "Hello How Are Ya?" back to Nolen, Max, Connor, Emily W. and Teah!

Larry is Mr. Handy! Between homeschooling and making repairs on the house, he is never without something to do. And we have gone from never seeing him, to having him around all the time. Hmmmmmm.....

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