On September 2, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted us thus:
In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that shows the interaction of a migrant culture on the place of migration. It can be the reverse, too such as a migrant picking up on local customs. The idea is to explore exchanges.
Here is what I came up with:
Without coloring outside the lines of my persona, I comforted, coached, and corralled Valentina through the beginning of her first day of school in the walls of a country that was equally fresh.
Aware that I sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher, “Wah-wah wah,” I continued my attempt to clarify a world in desperate need of closed captioning.
I reached into my bag of pedagogical tricks as to ensure my lessons were packed with TPR (Total Physical Response), pictures, videos, labels, cognates, and any realia to aid understanding.
Language barriers are cracked when cocked heads of confusion crumble into conversation.