My youngest son married a woman from Peru, which is where they are living. I met my daughter-in-law last February for the first time. The moment we met, an incredible connection happened between us. It transcended our language and cultural barriers. Without words, our love and connection was palpable.
We had a wonderful time with them. They were a delight to see together and to be with.
I already have a close relationship with my son. To now have this connection with his wife is wonderful! I adore her! I couldn’t love her more if she were my own daughter. She truly is a blessing and a wonderful addition to our family.
She understands English a little, better than I do Spanish. We used the Google Translate App to communicate. And during every conversation we all had together, we would tell my son to explain to her what we were talking about so she could feel a part of all of our conversations. That was all great, but it is frustrating and sad to love someone so much and struggle to communicate with them.
My husband has been trying to encourage me to learn Spanish ever since they got married. It isn’t that I don’t want to, or that I haven’t tried, it just seems hard. I think I am too methodical in my approach to learning and need structure. So my husband found a class for me to take and I agreed. I am going to start my first Spanish class in just a few weeks. I am excited to learn Spanish and it would be amazing to be able to speak to her freely.
I do know how to say a few words in Spanish such as house, eggs, etc. But the following is about the limit of my conversational Spanish:
Hola = Hi, hello, hey there
Como estas? = How are you?
Muy bien = Very good
Gracias = Thank you, Thanks
Te adoro = I adore you
No entiendo = I do not understand
Learning to play the drums and read sheet music felt like learning a new language. I think this made me a little resistant. I wondered if I could do this too. But I will! Both my husband and a friend told me that maybe I will even some day write poetry in Spanish! If I do, I promise to translate it for you!