Out of the mouths of babes…

Selah & Daddy in the hammock at Playa Hermosa

Don’t have the time for a “real” post today as we’re simultaneously returning to life after travel, and Jesse leaves tomorrow for a volleyball recruiting tournament for the weekend!

However, one of my favorite little blurbs from the trip:

We were working on Selah with the Spanish speaking down there. She was surprisingly good at picking up on “hola” around the hotel, and “gracias” at meals to the servers. We started prompting her other places to smile, say hola, wave, etc., and like the good little parrot she is, it stuck. What fun to see her be in a different culture, and how it made me want to add immersion to the ‘to-do’ list! We thought perhaps the few (probably 3 or 4) Dora the Explorer episodes we watched way back when prepped her for the visit. Oh, if we would have only know 😉

On the last day of the trip, hanging out at Playa Hermosa (the “Survivor” beach), a little Nicaraguan girl came up to her. As little girls do, they both kind of stared with shy half-smiles, checking each other out. Selah, unless she’s in a particularly shy mood, is usually fairly social. So, always happy to have another friend, she immediately gave a hand wave and spouted out her greeting, “Hola, Dora”!

Of course, Jesse & I about fell over laughing, which didn’t phase either of them, saving the friendship, thankfully. I suppose the TV show helped her with the Spanish-speaking part…now to work on the cultural sensitivity 😉