Accidental Spanish

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When I first met Sara, she didn’t say a word to me … even though I spoke to her in my very best Spanish. I’d dreamt of having someone to practice with so I could get really good at the language but alas, it never happened.

Until …

My first one-sided conversation with Sara was along the lines of one or two sentences. Something like, “Thank you so much for picking up my clothes from the floor. I so appreciate it.” … Only in Spanish. She didn’t reply. I thought, “Maybe she’s shy.”

Super-grateful for Sara’s help, I decide to give her a piece of jewelry I had made back in the day, along with a little note in Spanish. Since it was coming from the heart, I didn’t go the Google-translate route. Instead (oh dear lord!) I decided to just wing it.

In my enthusiasm, all of my verb tenses went completely out the window and I wound up saying the Spanish version of the following:

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This is a necklace I make to say thank you for your help me. I don’t know if the Spanish is correct. It’s not perfect but I love the language, so I try to speak it. :)”
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The very next time I saw her, Sara was all aflutter with conversation. Spanish conversation. She had so much to say! So much Spanish that my head was hurting.

You know that I loved it.

And in that moment, a friendship was born.

Took me a while to realize … I had thought I was doing something nice for her with my gift but look at that, I wound up receiving exactly what I had wished for.

Sometimes your dreams sneak up on you!

Find the full story here:  Musings

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