It’s Cinco de Mayo and it has me thinking…. I have to start speaking more Spanish to my daughter. I want her to know Spanish. I want her to read and write it, not just speak it.
My first language was Spanish. My mom is a hard working immigrant who knew (at the time) just enough English to get by, but spoke to almost everyone in her life in Spanish. So speaking Spanish was never a question for me. When I was around 8, my mom would force me to sit at the kitchen table and she taught me how to read and write in Spanish. The purpose of this was so that I would be able to write letters to my relatives in Ecuador (back in those days long distance phone calls were rare and we actually had to write letters…imagine that).
Fast forward to this very moment….I currently work as an account manager at a financial services firm and the main reason I was hired (other than the fact that I’m awesome lol) is because I am completely fluent in Spanish and the position calls for someone to interact and manage Latin American clients. BOOM! So basically you can say that because of my mom I have my nice job today. I did thank her and got her a gift FYI.
I would like for my daughter to grow up the same way, but I realize that it’s quite different for me. For starters, I’m American. I was born here in the USA. My main language is not Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish to anyone other than my family and even that is Spanglish) and to my clients. In my day to day life I speak English. I think in English. I dream in English. I curse in English LOL! Overall, I feel more comfortable speaking in English pero tambien soy una Latina muy orgullosa.
So this makes me realize that I have to make a conscious effort to speak to my daughter in Spanish. I will have to sit her down at my kitchen table once she’s old enough. I will have to teach her the importance of knowing Spanish, not only because it will open many lucrative opportunities, but because it’s a direct and distinct tie to her heritage. She’s the daughter of very proud Latinos, and even more than speaking Spanish, I want her to grow up feeling prideful of her roots.
Is this something you think about? I’m very interested in hearing my fellow Mamis opinions on this matter.
Enjoy the afternoon my loves!