So last night I was out and about getting started on my weekend with Ivan, Lili and Kristhina. Good times!! We had a really good time at happy hour where we made all of our plans for today because today my friends, is a really big day.
Tonight we are going to Caribbean Sun to dance to the beats of Mr. Danny Howells and Nick Warren. That promises to be A LOT of fun! The party starts after 10:00pm but being the beach bums we are, we are heading down to the beach after lunch and are staying there until tomorrow. Our Halloween celebrations begin today and only I know how much I love Halloween. Last year I was Lara Croft, this year...you'll see.
(sorry Grant, I had to rethink the slutty beach nurse outfit)
Anyway, last night I got yelled at for speaking English. I am still laughing about that one. After I dropped off Kristhina last night, we went to some friends' house. There were 5 people there: Ivan, Lili and I and then Vittorio (Italian), Francoise (French), Laura and Marlon. Our conversation was in Spanish because that was the only language everyone there had in common. Well...my phone rang and it was Kristhina so my mental switch was flipped to English and after I was done with my conversation Vittorio proceeded to say that people who choose to speak a foreign language over the local language have no national pride.
I have never laughed so hard in my life.
Apparently I have no national pride whatsoever because despite our heritage my brothers and I don't even speak to each other in Spanish. Hell, if it wasn't because I've heard them speak Spanish to other people I wouldn't even know that they did.
I think he had a pretty good argument; however, I think that he was over reacting. Why would I go out of my way to speak Spanish to someone who speaks English when I find it way easier to express myself in English? I dont' have to prove to humanity that I can speak another language. Whatever.
In my opinion lack of national pride is when you don't teach your children the language of their ancesters. It would be a real shame if I were to have a child and I didn't teach them Spanish along with whatever language their father may speak assuming that he is of a different culture. For me to raise a solely English speaking child would be an absolute mistake. In this day and age I think that speaking only one language is a real disadvantage. My cousins, for example, never learned Spanish or took any interest in foreign languages and as adults now they find that to be a handicap.
Poor little Fiona...she hasn't even been conceived and I have her life planned out including how many languages she is going to speak and how she is going to learn them...good thing my mom encouraged me to learn a few other languages aside english and spanish...