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Monday, April 16, 2007

Yesterday someone told me that I look a lot better now that I've gotten fatter.  I know it was meant as a compliment, but I still wanted to cry.  And of course, when he realized that what he had said was upsetting, though he couldn't understand why, he immediately tried to comfort me.  Being "gordita" is a good thing.  All Tico men love women who are a little chunky.  Well, I'm not sure what chunky would be in Spanish.  This is my interpretation of the conversation.  Basically I couldn't understand what he was really saying, just that the word "gordita" was used quite a lot...which really got me fighting back the tears.  I don't care what cultural differences we were talking about here, no one was going to get me thinking that "gordita" was a good thing!
My little nephew ran in the house today with a huge smile on his face.  He lives up the hill from my house and has just started to make solo visits; sometimes minus a shoe, this time plus a hat.  Joshua turned two years old two weeks ago, but I think he must have come out of the womb precocious.  He knows exactly how cute he is and has come to the conclusion very early in life that everyone who meets him must also adore him immediately.  And they do.  He gets away with everything and gives out "besitos" only to those who he deems worthy, basically anyone who will play with him or make faces at him for long enough.  He calls me La Muchacha when I'm not around and when I am he giggles and immediately runs into another room.  He loves the chase almost as much as being scooped up and held up-side-down.  This kid is destined to be a heartbreaker, he's already fondly referred to as "El Bandito" by the family.  So today he ran into the kitchen with a huge smile and a new black hat.  I immediately stole the hat and the game began.  But as I was putting it back on his head, I had a better look at it, and there, right on the front, was a marijuana leaf.  I couldn't believe it, and immediately broke out laughing, which brought the whole family over.  When I told them what the pretty leaf was, they too started laughing.  Not a bit perturbed that their little bandito was running around with drug paraphernalia on his head.  Not that this was the first time I had seen people wearing such items, completely clueless of the meaning of their shirt.  I sat across from a matronly woman wearing a shirt that said "Coaches always know how to score" for about an hour holding in giggles and wondering if I should enlighten her.    In the case of el bandito, I just folded the hat so that offending (well, I guess not so offending) leaf was hidden.   But then again, I guess ignorance is bliss.
The rains have started.  And when I say "rain" I mean torrential downpours that last for hours.  The mornings will be beautiful, warmer than they have been since I arrived, but by noon the sky clouds over with ominous black clouds.  By my second afternoon class, I have to shout to be heard over the massive amounts of water pounding down on the tin roof over my head.  Sometimes there will be a thunderclap and my students will let out shrieks barely audible over the drumming of the shower.  How timely that we've just begun the weather in class.
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dadofdivaboots on

gordita also means...
...beautiful! And that you are, Lacey. Just ask el bandito who seems to know all at the age of two! Thansk for the snap shot of life in a very real world.

travelinsara on

Que Flacita!!
Odale, chica. Casi eres 'LA FLACITA!' Pareces flaca y feliz. Me gusta mucho leo tus noticias. Es un muy bueno viaje y aventura.

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