Language Barriers

Grandma Kc wrote this on August 27th, 2011 15 Replies

I’ve been cleaning out my email and came up with this episode of Previously on Amara. It is a memory from May of 2008. She was just 4 years old.

Grampy and I have some friends that used to live in Santa Monica but who moved to Tulsa. They were here in California for 10 days so they came down one evening and took us — including Amara who was spending the night — out for Vietnamese food! (We took a Mac Donald’s Happy Meal with us for her!) It was a nice evening shared with good friends and Amara was really well behaved. Our food was so good and Amara was so patient as we grownups took our time. But she said some of the funniest things. She was quite intrigued by so many of the people in the restaurant speaking Vietnamese — Amara found this fascinating! The wife who had moved here recently ordered for us in Vietnamese — more fascination for Amara! Her English was difficult to understand — even more fascination for Amara! This was a new experience for her and she made us proud.

Around this time we were planning for Aunt Sandy and Uncle Mark to ride their Harley’s out from Michigan to visit us. Amara had never met her aunt and uncle but she had heard all about them and they had sure heard tons about her! When I reminded Amara later that evening that they would be coming (from Michigan) in just 2 weeks – she says “Do they speak our language?” Kids say the darndest things!

The Amara Smile

Amara May 2008


This post has been linked to Say it Saturday at Family Home and Life.

15 thoughts on “Language Barriers

  1. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    What a great story and a lovely photo of young Amara. I can imagine how fascinating the new language must have been for her.

    When I moved from Minnesota to Colorado, other kids giggled when I talked, as if I did indeed speak another language, even though it was just the funky Minnesota twang I was speaking. Yah…!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That is so funny! Amara’s Mom has always teased me and told me I talk with a Michigan accent!

  2. Mimi

    I have been looking backwards lately also and I really enjoy reading other grandma’s anecdotes about their grandkids. What a cute photo of a sweet little girl.

  3. Sandy Siegel

    That’s such a cute story and I remember you telling me about it way back then. So glad to read it again here!! xoxo

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I love having AmaraLand! I can clean up my email and still save the memories. Isn’t technology wonderful?

  4. Joyce

    LOL too cute! Being from Michigan I would like Amara to know that recognizing a beautiful child is a universal language and I just did exactly that when I saw her cute picture!

  5. Connie

    Oh that was fun! My grand daughter about 4 at the time was attending a Christmas play with me. The character of Jesus spoke a passage in Hebrew during one scene. She looked at me and said “You mean He speaks Spanish and I’ve been praying to Him in English all this time??” Oh my, kids do say the darndest things! Thanks for linking with me 🙂


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