While we may muddle through the successes and challenges of raising bilingual kids, I am also very aware of my desire for Gabriella and Isaac to be bicultural. I want them to have a familiarity and a comfort both in the States and their papa's heritage country.
Sometimes that feels hard to do when they spend about two weeks a year in Guatemala. So I love it when Billy starts to talk to Gabriella about how he grew up or things she can enjoy on our next visit.
Enter Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It's not Billy's favorite book as it's a bit tricky to read in one's second language. But it started some precious father-daughter conversations about coconuts.
Gabriella has been talking about them non-stop. We even had to take photos and video of coconuts when we were in Mexico because Billy couldn't wait to show her.
Here's what she has to say about it:
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I just love it. I recently noticed they carry coconut milk at our local Aldi. I almost bought it because, I kid you not, we talk about this all. the. time. But I put it back.
I can't wait for her to drink milk with a straw right out of the coconut. That's something special she'll share with her abuelos and her papi.
And one day, when she reads Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to our grandkids (what???), she'll say, "I grew up drinking coconut milk in Guatemala with my papi."