My original purpose for learning español was focused on a teaching career path: Learn Spanish in Costa Rica, come back stateside and find a bilingual job. Ideally* with a bilingual job, all resources would be given to me with a memo, “Teach this.”
*(Note ideally… I have done plenty of inventing and curriculum writing while in a bilingüe teaching position in the last few years… but that’s a post for another day.)
And then life had a different direction: Family focused. It’s funny how a new area of language development gives me flashbacks to those first vulnerable days. I have been pushed to continue the growth proceso by becoming a mom.
When Tico and I found out we were pregnant, we dreamed before Guapa’s arrival about how much we value being bilingual and how we wanted to pass that on to her. Then during my maternity leave with my newborn Guapa, I had an abrupt reality check when I realized that speaking only Spanish with my daughter would require me to re-learn “kid language.”
Think about that for a second… As adults, we generally talk to the little people in our lives a bit differently than we do fellow adults.