As a former ESL teacher, I know that one of the most difficult things about learning a new language is that words can have more than one meaning.
As a bilingual wife and mom, it's my job to try to take full advantage of those multiple meanings, every chance I get.
Case in point, Jack's homework. His teacher sends home these ticker-tape style notes with the day's homework assignment.
At the end of the first bullet point, the teacher uses the words los papás. Los papás can mean either "the dads" or "the parents". Since this particular homework assignment included cutting several pieces of a tangram, I tried to convince Hubby that the teacher was clearly stating that she wanted the dads to do the work.
But Hubby wasn't falling for it.
Yesterday, Jack brought home this paper with another message addressed to Papás.
Since the teacher is thanking and congratulating the papás for their hard work and help with the homework assignments, it's obvious that she is referring to "the parents". Moms AND dads. But Hubby is convinced that she is just thanking "the dads".
What do you think?
Speaking of papás, I want to wish Hubby, the best papá and husband in the whole wide world, a very Happy 39th Birthday!
I love you, Alfie! Que Dios te de muchos años mas!
*Bonus Spanish Lesson: The word Papas, without the accent over the second "a", can mean either potatoes or Popes, as in head of the Catholic church.
**Linking up with my good friend, Latinaish, for a Semi-Spanish Friday!