Expat Transition in Spanglish
Larry at Supermarket with Beatriz : Querida, I would like, quisiera, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.
Beatriz: What is that? Como?
Larry: It is butter of peanuts.,, peanuts,...uh, mani in Spanish.
Beatriz: What??? Que?
Larry: Mani smoosh. It is delicious with jelly.
Beatriz : Un sanduche con mani smoosh y jelly? What is jelly?
Larry: Mermelade is jelly in Spanish. Peanut butter. Not butter. It is like butter. You put it on bread.
Beatriz: Seriously? No es verdad!
Larry: Mermelade or bananas on a sanduche con mani smoosh! Mmmmmm … good!
Beatriz :( in English)..O my God! Bananas????!!!! y mani smoosh???
Larry: This is peanut butter.
Beatriz sees the brown stuff through the glass container. She makes a face.
Larry: Come on, we will try it! You will like it! Your daughter will love it.
So, when we got it home I got out the mora (blackberry) jelly and two slices of whole wheat bread and the Skippy, and I sliced a banana thin and made a lovely sandwich. I asked Beatriz to take a bite, to smell the deliciousness of the p-butter, yummy.
Of course I have had the entire jar of Peanut Butter to myself.