“Oh Sweetie, German is a language that people speak, not what germs speak.”
Background: I have been trying to teach my son the few German words I can remember. Since I used to speak German, I thought if I taught it to the kids it would come back more.
I have tried to teach Cole a couple of words and every time I say that it is German, he flips out and yells that he doesn’t want to learn German. His response was very strange and not his style. He loves languages (he even makes up his own). His response was so strong that I never pushed the subject or probed why he didn’t want to learn it.
One day a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about Chinese (Mandarin) and how maybe we should learn it together. I asked why he didn’t want to learn German.
He looked at me with this sad look in his eyes and said, “Mommy, I don’t want to learn German because I don’t want to talk to germs. They are bad and I don’t like them.”
My heart just melted. How cute is that? So I said the above sentence in reply. Then we looked at maps and talked about German things. I told him how I lived in Germany as a little girl. I showed him pictures of Gemran castles on the computer. He perked up. Now he is interested.
So now I have to brush up on my German, because it has only been 13 years (OUCH!) since I last took it in college. I do not think I have uttered a single German word since then, so I have my work cut out for me.
Chalk another one up to things I never thought I would say, or have to.
What things have you said lately that you never thought would come out of your mouth?