What is a Pisco Sour? Oh, you don’t know? Then, sir, or madam, I envy you. Because your first experience with the world’s greatest cocktail is still in your future, while mine is in the distant and ever more opaque past.
I have a couple of pastor friends that I usually chat with, when I see them down at the local coffee shop. On one occasion, one of them pulled me aside to ask me a question.
I’ve been working as a writer in some kind of professional capacity for more than ten years. I’ve had novel contracts with four different publishers and my stories and articles have appeared in quite a number of print and online media. Like the majority of writers, I don’t earn enough to support myself exclusively through writing, but it’s always nice to get a check in the mail for a recently placed piece. I’ve found that the best tactic for prolonged success is to generate lasting professional relationships with as many magazine editors and publishers as possible. Bearing that in mind, you can imagine my horror when a series of miscommunications led to a situation where two magazines were set to publish the same article at the same time.
Yesterday I took my family to look at a used car. We’d found a rusted out “beater with a heater” on Craigslist which I thought could be used for picking up my children from school. After a quick test drive, I turned to consult my wife in Spanish. After a few words, I turned back to the man who was selling the car.
When my first daughter was born in July of 2010, there was never any question that we were going to raise her to be bilingual. My wife is from Lima, Peru, and though we decided to reside in the United States, we agreed that the Peruvian half of our child’s heritage would have an equal place in our home and family. Having met my wife when I lived in Lima, I’d grown accustomed to speaking with her in Spanish. We welcomed our second daughter in 2012, and have continued to be a Spanish speaking household. However what is “normal” for us is not the norm of the United States, and soon we discovered that what we perceived to be an advantage, would also bring its share of challenges to our children.