One of Gramm's brothers, my Tio Ruben, was the only relative that spoke English. He would stop by daily to see how I was doing and would give me a few pesos to buy dulces (candy). I would voice all of my complaints and he would translate it to my Tia Lidia.
But Tio Ruben couldn't stay all day.
The way I communicated with my relatives was through pointing. I'd point to something, then my aunt or cousins would say the word for the object in Spanish. If I pointed to the milk carton, my Aunt would say "Leche".
Whenever I wanted a glass of milk, I would say leche. But my aunt would then say, "Quiero leche." At the time, I didn't know what that meant, but whenever I said it, I got a glass of milk.
Being the genius kid that I was, I learned more and more Spanish everyday.
One morning, my Tia Lidia had prepared the best tasting breakfast I had ever tasted. Remember I was only 4 years old! I asked, "Que es?" My aunt answered, "Chorizo con huevo." I immediately asked for mas (more). And spent the rest of the day singing "Chorizo con huevo" all day long. I requested Chorizo con Huevo for breakfast everyday!
I couldn't wait to share my latest discovery with my Tio Ruben, but he had left San Luis for a couple of weeks. With no one around to speak English with, my Spanish improved by leaps and bounds.
Two weeks passed and my Tio Ruben had returned from wherever he had been. Before he could ask how I was doing, I said, "Tio Ruben, me das veinte pesos para comprar huevos y chorizo?" (Uncle Ruben, can I have twenty pesos to buy eggs and chorizo?)
Tio Ruben laughed and was very happy that the little gringa was finally speaking Spanish. I didn't speak a word of English for the rest of my stay.
And that ladies and gentlemen is how I learned to speak Spanish!
And here is the recipe for my favorite breakfast.
Chorizo con Huevo
- 2 ounces chorizo
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
In a small non-stick skillet, brown the chorizo until completely cooked. (No need to add oil, because most chorizos releases their own grease.)
Add the eggs and season with salt and pepper. Cook the eggs however you like. I prefer mine in an omelet.
Serve with plenty of warm corn tortillas and a steaming cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate. Enjoy!!!