Woe is Mo, a victim of ”cultural conflict” – again!
It turns out that when Malassie returned to school after the “Christmas” holidays one of the teachers asked round the class what everybody got for Reyes. The kids responded enthusiastically, listing full Hipercor catalogues of toys, electronics, computer games, ipods, ipads, books … okay, well maybe not books….
Then came Malassie´s turn.
“So what did you get for Reyes, Sara”, asked her teacher kindly.
“Well,” began my shy girl, ”my Daddy gave me four Spongebob Squarepants biscuits and said Feliz Reyes. And burst out laughing.”
I can imagine the tears in the eyes of the seasoned educator in the face of such wickedness and deprivation. Perhaps it´s a British thing, he might have thought. A Dickensian thing. And, of course, he never thought to ask if she got anything for Christmas. Despite teaching at a bilingual school, perhaps his own cultural assumptions got in the way.
Malassie, unencumbered by any desire to protect her parents´ reputation, proffered no further information.
Like the €300 video camera she got on December 25th.