Margarita got a new kid in her class last week. His arrival was much anticipated since she lost her entire class in December when the set of triplets that made up her class moved to Venezuela. The new boy was supposed to arrive in January from his native Australia. For two months Guapo coached Margarita on how to say, "G'day mate," and "Put another shrimp on the barbie, will ya mate?"
Finally he arrived. When I picked her up from school his first day I asked her what he was like, and if he spoke differently. She said he had a hard time understanding the English that was being spoken so she "had to speak to him with a British accent so he could understand." What a crack up! Her interaction with British citizens has been quite limited in her life, so I am attributing her linguistic capabilities to none other than Harry Potter.
This is not the first time she has spoken with a British accent. While we were living in Caracas she occasionally would occasionally throw out a question in British-like form and add the appropriate intonation to go with it, "Is the toy very costly mum?", "Shall I have an orange or an apple?" Strange.
Anyway, speaking of Harry Potter. I think Margarita may have a crush on him. She came up yesterday to me and asked me what is his real name is. I told her it was Daniel Radcliffe. This morning when I went downstairs she had all four DVD cases out and was showing them to Guapo, "See Dad, his name is really Daniel Radcliffe".
I was thinking she was a little young for a crush, but then it came back to me: Han Solo. I remember a particular "show and tell" in first grade. My teacher and I were looking at the record from the Empire Strikes Back together that someone had brought in to "show". There were little pictures from the movie on the case including one of Han Solo. I can't remember my teachers exact words, but the sentiment was loud and clear. It was something like, "I'd like a piece of that,"(she wasn't the classiest lady). I remember feeling shocked that someone else had noticed Han's boyish good looks and thought something like, "Back off lady, Han is all mine." So, I guess it is possible that Margarita likes Harry (or Daniel).
I don't have the heart to tell Margarita that Harry and Ginny hook up in book 6 (or was it 5?). It may crush her.
So, do share, my loving anonymous fan club (you can leave your name if you choose "other" in the comment section. Or fake name in the case of Guapo and my brother-in-laws). Who was your first crush on?
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