Maggie Makes Four!

This journal started off documenting the adoption of our youngest daughter. It now follows the twist and turns of our lives as we raise these two amazing little creatures into the best women they can become.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Field Trip

I drove La Nina's class yesterday on a field trip to the Lindsey Wildlife Museum.  I hadn't been there since I was a child and it was fun to revisit the place.  We saw all sorts of raptors, reptiles and even a few mammals.  We even watched a bob cat eat his lunch, a live rat.  One boy turned really white at the sight, but the rest of the kids did fine.  I don't think they realized the rat was real.  

The best moment of the day came in the car on the way back.  I had 4 girls in my car: two latinas and two non-latinas.  The girls were having a perfectly natural six year old conversation, but I only understood half of it.  The latina girls were speaking Spanish, and the non-latinas were answering them in English.  I don't think it occurred to the kids that they were speaking different languages.  I asked La Nina last night if she understood her friends and she gave me a blank look.

When I explained that it was an unusual conversation, she shrugged her shoulders.  "But Mom," she said.  "We always talk that way.  It's easier."  

So I asked Maggie if kids spoke Spanish to each other in school.  Given that seven of the kids in her class spoke very little English when school started, I assumed they did.   She said that in fact the kids did speak Spanish in her class, and I asked if she understood them.  She wrinkled her nose, "I don't listen to them, Mom."  

"Why?" I asked.  

Maggie rolled her eyes and shook her head.   "I don't talk to the boys, Mom."

Let's hope that trend keeps up for the next 25 years.        


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