New York

I have been spending the last two weekends in a intensive beginner’s Spanish class, opening my mind once again to the wonder of learning a new language. I love the feeling of collecting every new word, new grammar rule and new pronunciation as if they were little pieces of a a grand puzzle I need to unravel another world. Yo estudio español para ir a Colombia, porque quiero conocer gente. For someone who loves connecting and communicating with people, knowing the language is essential. And it’s been a rather relief that Spanish, unlike Arabic, feels a lot more natural to me thanks to French.

Then there is my daughter, who’s mind is already much more wide open with relentless curiosity and wise beyond her two years, juggling three to four languages. She never ceases to surprise me. When I met up with her today after my Spanish class and told her “yo hablo espanol” she replied in a matter-of-fact manner “like Nicholas”. Indeed, Nicholas is the only classmate in her class that speaks Spanish because his mom is from Colombia.

With openness in your mind and heart there will be nothing in the world you cannot conquer, and that may be the most important lesson I can teach her.

(This is the little bulb my daughter brought back from school last Christmas as a gift for us, now opened up in full bloom)


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