Wednesday, December 26, 2012

¡¡¡Gracias!!!

If only San Geraldo and I spoke the same language.

Christmas morning, my allergies (OK, I should just admit it's a cold — a miserable cold) had hit a really unpleasant point. For the first time in my life I had lost (mostly) my voice. (I'm sure there are plenty of people who would have enjoyed my company more than usual.)  

There was no running water in the house (and there isn't any still). The kitchen was a disaster area (and it is still). So, despite my unhappy condition, we had to go out for breakfast (and I would much rather have stayed home just this once). San Geraldo (he is a saint) kindly waited on me hand and foot at Los Niños del Flor, ordering at the counter, delivering everything to the table for me: tea, tostada, water. Getting up again to bring me sugar (because it feels good on my throat and they didn't have any honey). Like I said, the man really is a saint.

I rasped to him, "Gracias."

"What?" he asked.

I repeated, "Gracias."

He repeated, "What?"

"Gracias!" I loudly croaked.

He looked around the restaurant and then, clearly confused, said, "We have guests?!?"

Spanish is the least of our problems.

SISTER-IN-LAW LINDA AS THE VIRGIN MARY.
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A VIRGIN MARY IN MY FAMILY.
NO WONDER WE SOMETIMES DON'T UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER.

27 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhh, you're a gem (and Jerry, too!) :) I sure hope you feel better soon.

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  2. What a shame to have two unpleasant things to cope with, your cold and your lack of running water......May both be resolved quickly, very quickly, in the best way...But lovely that you had Jerry to take care of you. I am just beginning to have slight hearing problems myself, where sometimes the first letter of a word is misheard. It certainly can lead to some interesting conversations!

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    1. Kristi:
      I'd better be careful. I've gotten awfully whiney today!

      San Geraldo has keen hearing, but has a problem separating background noise from foreground noise. (And then there are the times he just isn't listening!) But he is a kind and loving care-giver. "What? I'm a kind of honey bear river?" ... Never mind. The drugs San Geraldo picked up up for me might be working. I need a nap.

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  3. Saludos mis alcachofas pequeñas! Que todos tus hijas tienen tres nalgas. Sólo te pido que evite pisar cualquiera de las alfombras de color púrpura o verde sin perder de conos de tráfico y susurrando Ave María.

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  4. Owl Wood:
    Thanks from your little artichokes for all the useful advice. I'm glad we don't plan to have any daughters. And an "Oy vey, Maria" to you, too!

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  5. What a ghastly note on which to (almost) end the year. I do hope that long, LONG, before 2013 comes round your 'Saint's' efforts at assisting your recovery will have worked a little miracle - and you'll be full of beans again. I'll be following your blogs to check on your progress. Meantime, here's wishing you better - at speed max!

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    1. Raybeard:
      Well, ONE bathroom is in working order. Supposedly, the rest will be completed tomorrow. So I can safely again be full of beans! Thanks for all the very kind wishes (and the patience with my whining). I need my mother!

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    2. Sounds to me more like you need a good fairy waving a magic wand over you - oh, if only I was closer!

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  6. Guests! That made me snort into my coffee. Dear Mitch, I hope things are looking up.

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    1. Judith:
      I have been looking up for the last 3-1/2 hours. Most of those were spent at the hotel on my back in bed. Thank you for your kindness!

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  7. Aw Mitch! Just what you need a COLD to help you through the 'flood'! Drink your head off (no liquor) and get that bug out of you. Isn't it great to have hubby near to make things better....even if he doesn't have a clue what you are saying!! lol

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    1. Jim:
      Nope, no liquor. Although I DID have a tiny glass of vino dulce (sweet Sherry) last night. It felt so good on my throat! Today back to tea and water and tea and tea and tea.

      San Geraldo is the best thing that ever happened to me -- in sickness and in health!

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  8. OMG! You're now thinking in Spanish? Thanks has only one syllable, you know.

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    1. Ms. Sparrow:
      Try a Southern thanks ... Tha-yanks!

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  9. I hope you feel better soon as I expect you will since you're in such loving and competent hands. Happy Holidays.

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    1. Stephen:
      Long delayed thanks! A bit better each day. Too slow for my tastes, but at least it's the right direction.

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  10. Oh dear, so sorry to hear that you have had a very trying Christmas.

    I do hope that a/ you feel a lot better very soon and b/ that the leak gets sorted out properly.

    At least it sounds like you were able to have some fun, regardless.

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    1. Jean:
      Walls still leaking. Hot water heater still needs to be replaced. But if not for this, what would I have to talk about? Still managing to have fun.

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  11. I didn't mean to laugh, but I couldn't help myself!


    get better soon.

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    1. Bob:
      You were meant to laugh. It happened twice more, too. I might have to share those, but then I might be living on the street.

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  12. Hahahaha! Poor you. Feel better soon. ANd I hope you have running water now!!

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    1. Knatolee:
      Oh yes, running water... down the walls. But I am feeling quite a bit better. Hack. Cough!

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  13. LOL !!! Hope you're feeling better.

    Yeah, guests... just what you need, gracias!

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    1. Peter:
      The guests are on their way, but fortunately they're also staying at Espacio Azahar!

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  14. Ours got a few Virgin Marys,of both sexes.

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    1. Spo:
      I probably exaggerated. There is the possibility of several Virgin Marys in my family (mixt merriages, as they say). But no one talks about it.

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