Lost in Translation: My affair with Jose PDF Print E-mail
Written by OHmommy   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 00:00

When I was in the second grade, I brought in a roll of toilet paper on the first day of school. As my teacher checked off the required supply items from each student, she stood before me and asked why I had an unwrapped roll of toilet paper in my backpack. "It's tissue paper. It was on the list." I explained. My mother had carefully packed it amongst the crayons, markers, pencils and paper - ensuring I started the year off right. I came home in tears, "toilet paper isn't the same as tissue paper, Mama!" My mother blew her nose in both and showed me that, they were in fact, the same.

 

By the time third grade rolled around, parent-teacher conferences were a standard and I needed to prep my mother beforehand. "It's not a card report. It's a report card. It reports your grades on a card. REPORT CARD. Don't embarrass me in front of my teacher." No matter how much I, a nine-year-old child then, helped her - she continued calling it a card report until I graduated from college.

 

Now as an adult, there are still many things lost in translation however I refuse to correct my mother because they literally brighten my day.

 

Text message: What are you and Jose doing this afternoon?

FaceBook comment: I love Jose more than you!!!

Email: Please spoil Jose, today.

 

Josie

 

My daughter's name is Josephine. Feenie for short. Feenster for when she's in trouble. Jozefinka for my father. Josie for people who adore her. Josie - similar to Jos"e"(in my mother's mind). Jose it is!

 

I won't correct my Polish mother because I simply can't get enough of the "Did you kiss Jose today?" emails. I kissed Jose today and I liked it, Mama!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 07:39
 

Comments  

 
# Sarah L. 2012-04-16 23:27
This just made me smile...and laugh out loud! I love reading about your family!
 
 
# Kasia 2012-04-16 23:33
Lololololol
 
 
# Tam 2012-04-16 23:35
I LOVE this! Jose is a very loved little girl ;)
 
 
# Sarah 2012-04-16 23:37
Thank you for the giggle. So cute
 
 
# Piper of Love 2012-04-17 00:52
This is wonderful!
And my cheeks are achy from smiling. xo
 
 
# amy 2012-04-17 05:02
XO:-)
 
 
# Colleen 2012-04-17 09:59
Too cute! :)
 
 
# JR Reed 2012-04-17 12:06
Awesome. I know very little about Polish mothers but I've known a couple Eastern European moms and I know better than to correct them! There are some things that never need to be translated and this is one of them.
 
 
# renatamic 2012-04-17 12:13
Love your mama, you, Jose and the rest of your family. This made my heart smile.
 
 
# PolPrairieMama 2012-04-17 12:40
Oh, how I can relate to this to no end. And how much it makes me smile. Yes, as children attempting to "Fit in" to a society different from our own family, we try to correc them. As adults, we smile because those things are a part of what makes us and our family so unique, so special, so comforting. And we wouldn't change it for anything.
 
 
# Pauline 2012-04-17 13:07
Yes - that's exactly what I was trying to covey but you captured the idea with your comment just perfectly.
 
 
# Elaine 2012-04-19 09:33
And what a GRAND affair it is! This made me smile big and I know it does every time you get one of your Mom's messages! :)
 
 
# Marta 2012-04-19 10:57
:-) Absolutely adorable. I hope you and Jose are having a great day today!
 
 
# Mari@ SittingAround 2012-04-19 17:51
ha,ha Love this post. Jose is a beautiful name.
 

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