My little monkey -- not quite a year and a half, just starting to speak his first words -- has his own toddler Macondo version of the power went out! In Spanish, of course.
The lights dim and go out, the fan stops, the hum of the refrigerator goes silent, and the little monkey looks around and says:
"ohhhh, se cortó"
It's all about exposure, right? Back in Canada, my friends' toddlers are probably saying things like "it's slushy today" and "organic yogourt".
Well, the monkey's almost-4-year-old brother says, in his endearing Spanish:
"I'm so hungry I could shit all over the noodles!"
"tengo un hambre que voy a cagar en todos los fideos"
(People swear a lot in Spanish. 'People' meaning everyone, in general, and also everyone in this family. That does not, however, mean we normally threaten to shit on our food. I promise.)
As my bilingual little monkey's language continues to develop, I am dutifully writing down his new words and will post an updated list like this one soon.