I've been asked some very, very random questions in the last two weeks. Some directly related to the adoption. Some because I've been to more medical appointments in the last week than in the last decade. Most of them because I speak Spanish to my child in public. Let's just say that people have no problem asking whatever pops into their heads. I don't mind answering questions but sometimes they crack me up. Here are a few that I remember:
Eye Doctor: Was she premature?
Me: I don't think so.
Eye Doctor: Birth weight?
Me: Oooo. No idea.
Eye Doctor (looking at me strangely): Was it a normal pregnancy?
Me: I think so.
Eye Doctor: Is she a foster child or something?
Lab Lady: So, what language is that?
Lab Lady: So she only understands Spanish?
Lab Lady: Why would you only speak Spanish to her?
Me: Because that's what she understands.
Lab Lady: Are you ever going to teach her English?
Host: Oh. She's learning Spanish.
Me: No. That's all she speaks.
Guest: Why does she only speak Spanish?
Me: She's Colombian.
Guest: I don't know what that means.
Me: She's from Colombia.
Guest: Gives me a weird look.
Me: The country in South America?
Me: I tell her.
Receptionist: What kind of Christian?
Me: The kind that doesn't interfere with my medical treatment.
(Good thing I had just seen the Grey's episode where the Jehovah's Witness couldn't get a blood transfusion.)
Different Receptionist: Name?
Me: I tell her.
Me: Does it matter?
Receptionist: Hispanic, non-white?
Me: She's Hispanic but she's pretty white.
Receptionist: I'm just going to check Hispanic.
School Form: Circle the race of the majority of your family members. (Well, we're kind of split 50/50 over here.)
Side note: Why do the forms all say Hispanic, non-white? What in the world does that mean? My child is Latina but certainly doesn't look it. She looks white. Why can't they just say Hispanic?
I know that people are just curious and don't mean to be rude. I just love the way people phrase things sometimes.
Side note 2: Yes. I am white. I have blond hair and freckles. AND, I speak Spanish. Yep. It's possible. (I got a lot less stares in Bogota for speaking Spanish than I do here.)