Appearances are deceiving

Chicago, Illinois

I am always amazed when a complete stranger approaches me and immediately speaks to me in Spanish! When I was in Arizona, I was pumping gas and someone asked me for help with the gas pump in Spanish. My sons were surprised that this person knew that I spoke Spanish. This happened again in the mall in Phoenix. A woman approached me to sell me a nail product by greeting me and introducing herself in Spanish. We spoke Spanish during the entire demonstration. My friend was surprised not only that she addressed me in Spanish, but also that I spoke Spanish so well. (After all, I do teach college Spanish!) My non-hispanic friends are shocked to learn that I know Spanish. I suppose that’s the only way I’ll shock anyone.