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The Market to Millionaire Status

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I slept through Olivia’s attempt at waking me – knocking and asking Meli if she thought I was sleeping, but awoke to Meli’s answer and her telling Oli to let me sleep and be quiet. Ironic, don’t ya think? I smiled and drifted in and out of sleep for another thirty minutes. Finally, I put on some shorts and went downstairs to have some coffee before changing for a trip to the market with Meli, where I became her helper. The children waiting inside the market to “help” people (for some spare change) approached her immediately upon entering; however, she told them (en Español) I was her helper for the day. Sorry champs. There was fresh fruit and vegetables everywhere. I even saw Oli’s “sleeping” pig, which was actually a dead pig laying inside a glass case. After the market, Meli and I went to the mall. She needed to deposit a check and I needed to exchange my USD…

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Holy Water

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For dinner the night prior, we ordered pizza – just the way I like it: easy on the tomato sauce. Among my observations from the slowly closing day, was Olivia’s fascination with overcoming the communication barrier between us. She’s a smart one and quickly figured out a silent workaround. Her method consisted of hand gestures, mainly pointing, at the subject(s) and then the noun. The verb was implied. For instance, if she wanted me to go with her to the pool, she would point at me, then at herself, and finally the pool, which literally meant: “You, me, pool,” but translated as: “You, come with me to the pool.” In addition to her sign language, she continually asked the closest bilingual family member the English word for several of the nouns on the opposite end of her outstretched finger. Flower, table, plant, chair and pool were now part of her her Inglés vocabulary. Even so, she still preferred pointing. After…

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