My Italian child.

I have 2 kids, ages 4 and 6. My daughter who is the 6-year-old has been to America more times than most of the adults I know. She has been to New York, Colorado, Oregon, and down the entire coast of California. She loves her American roots, she loves even more her Native American roots.  She speaks English and Italian fluently, and will most likely speak French long before yours truly.

My son is Italian. Not American and Italian like his sibling, just Italian. I know because he told me so. This is why  he will not speak English. At all. Ever. I have tried to explain to him that he is perfectly capable of speaking English, as I have spoken to him in English since he was born. He patiently explains to me that also he has spoken to me in Italian and I can easily speak in Italian. That we all need to speak Italian.

Even Grandma when she comes to visit from America. I have tried everything to change his little mind. With no success what so ever. An unmovable mountain of rock at only four years old. No amount of encouragement, conniving or bribing will work.Zorro

He is my Italian child..and just when I start to worry that he will never speak my mother tongue, he will run to open the elevator door and he will say ‘Vai mommy, le femmine per prime.’ which means ‘after you mommy, ladies first..’

and I am the proud mom of the Italian child..

About Cassidy_S

My name is Cassidy, I live in Northern Italy with my husband and 2 kids. When I first arrived to Italy the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted to live in this country, a country that is not known for its organization but is more beautiful than you can imagine!
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5 Responses to My Italian child.

  1. litzi says:

    My son is/was exactly the same except without the “ladies first”. He continually wanted to give his sister half of his American blood UNTIL he spent two awesome summers with The G-pa’s and found out how nice America really is! 🙂

  2. 76sanfermo says:

    Beautiful post and beautiful takes . Your son is the typical Italian conformist…….
    He’llchange in a few years especially after visiting and “living” America,as Litzy said !
    He’ll be so happy to be bilingual!
    Ciao, Grace!

    • Ciao Anna!

      I get lucky with my camera every once in awhile the fact that it takes like a thousand pictures a second really helps out my photographic skills;-) Let’s hope your right! we are due for a visit this year so hopefully he will see it’s not so strange.
      Your blogs looking great!
      a presto,

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