Friday, October 2, 2009

Ode to Joy

I am listening to Pumpkin Muffin playing 'Ode to Joy' on the piano right now. Yay! After taking a year off, she is back to piano! I am so happy.

I have a funny Pumpkin story for you all.

I don't know if it speaks to the power of female persuasion or my daughter's bossiness, but here it is.

The first week of school in their Spanish class they decided to do a review of basic conversation. The kids were broken up into groups. Pumpkin was paired with two boys. One is a friend, J, whose mom is from somewhere in South America and J has been learning Spanish his whole life.

Pumpkin in her daily recitation of every detail of her day (yes, EVERY detail) tells me the next day that they only got a 95% because she must have spelled 'Aloha' wrong.

Aloha? I asked her why did she have 'Aloha' on there at all. She said, 'Mom, it's Spanish for 'hello'!' (read this with all the condescending teen attitude you can muster)

I state, 'No, Pumpkin. Aloha is Hawaiian for hello. Hola is Spanish for hello.

Pumpkin: blink blink

Then, 'Oh, well there ya go then!', followed by hysterical laughter from the two of us.

I asked her to please ask J how come (being from a half Spanish home) he did not step in and point out this glaring error.

So, the next day, Pumpkin comes home and begins her daily recitation of every detail of her day.

I ask, 'Skip to J, what did he say about Aloha?'

Pumpkin smiles and said, 'J said he thought it was just a different Spanish word for hello because after all, I am usually right!' (read this with the smug satisfaction of a woman who has realized she has got it going on!)

So, there ya have it.

Again, not sure if it was her confidence, or her bossiness, but my daughter has got some man management skills! LOL

ps. My hip is feeling better. I can put my full weight on it. That is key. The pain is doable.

Looking forward to the Gettysburg trip. The Boy Scout Gettysburg Campsite is awarded once a year via a lottery system. It is very limited. By October 15th of the preceding year you have to apply. Then, in February of the year you wish to camp, you receive notification of whether you received your first choice or second choice weekend.

As you can imagine, a three day weekend like Columbus Day is a tough one to get, so were lucky. The campsite I believe is also only open May thru the end of October.

Another cool thing is that there are 2 battle reenactments that weekend, one Saturday and one Sunday that the boys are going to be able to witness!

As I mentioned, we visited Gettysburg as a family before and loved it. I also went when I was a kid. I love history. (and science, and english, and yeah, just learning in general... lol)

Being in Gettysburg is awe inspiring. The history is EVERYWHERE around you. Even in the building that houses the Starbucks you can see the holes in the brickwork from small cannonballs and musket fire. It is really amazing. If you ever get a chance to go, do it.

Okay... signing off...

be well...


Beth said...

LOL, funny story! Ahhh, let the games begin!

I've been to Gettysburg and it was fantastic. Very sobering, but a great place to absorb some history. As an admirer of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, I was especially interested in Little Round Top and the Devil's Den. Fascinating place. How cool to get to camp there! I look forward to hearing all about it and seeing pictures! Hugs, Beth

Indigo said...

I would love to see the battle at Gettysburg reenacted.

When my daughter was Pumpkins age we swore she would have to marry a man who didn't mind a bossy woman.

Turns out she did, even I cringe for the poor guy who has to deal with her. What she says goes. (Hugs)Indigo

Char said...

Ah that Pumpkin is way cool. Cute story. The Gettysburg trip sounds
like a good time!

garnett109 said...

Glad your hip is feeling better.
I thought Aloha was good byr in Spanish LMAO!

a corgi said...

love Ode to glad Pumpkin is back to piano playing; something I always wanted to do

she's so cute! I love how she recounts her whole day to you; I hope throughout her entire teen years she continues to want to do so


Joann said...

Glad your hip is feeling better!! Pumpkin is one tough cookie, good for her!!

Traci said...

Hilarious Pumpkin story! I love it!

Traci said...

Hilarious Pumpkin story! I love it!

Coelha :B said...

Cute story about Pumpkin! Aloha & hola are close... In Portuguese it's "ola", and everyone tries to correct me, saying I write it "wrong".. So frustrating! :)