This morning in Mexico, I was preparing a breakfast of Froot Loops and Zucaritas! (Frosted Flakes) for my two favorite niños, Emily and Christian. In my very, very limited Spanish, I asked Emily, “Con leche?” With milk? To which she answered, “Si, por favor.” Yes, please. (Emily is very polite, even in Spanish… must be good parenting.)
So, I retrieved the carton of milk from the fridge, which was packaged in a very European-style box. (Except obviously, this is also Mexican-style packaging. I just didn’t realize it until now.) Until this point, I had done everything with a flourish to entertain Christian and Emily. Good morning, darlings, can I pour you a bowl of cereal for breakfast? And which one would you like– we have honey nut cheerios, froot loops, and zu-ca-RI-tas!
But then I had to open the milk.
Ok, self, you are a PhD-educated adult. This carton of milk with NOT defeat you. Use your super-sized problem-solving skills and big, fat, human brain to open this carton. And while you’re doing it, turn your back to the kids so they don’t see you struggle.
But then I noticed it– LEVANTE! Lev… lev… lev… wingardium LEViosa? LIFT?!
Oh, I’m sorry, are you unfamiliar with Harry Potter? There is a great scene in the first book/movie (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) where Hermione schools Ron on this levitation spell. It’s wingardium leviOsa not wingardium leviosA!
And yes, I thought of wingardium LEVisosa before I thought of LEVitate. But think about that for kids… and the incredible impact that reading can have on a child’s capacity to understand words. Words through context, words through roots, words through association. That’s awesome!
I went to school for over 20 years and studied lots of different things, but I really think I learned most of the important life-kind-of-things that I know by reading books. Good books and not-so-good books, I learn something from every single one…
(Whose the nerd now, Tom?!)
5 thoughts on “The morning I cast a spell to open the milk.”
Can you cast a spell and levitate me to Mexico?? 🙂
The transcending power of Latin. Well played.
Well played. The transcending power of Latin.
Love it!! Enjoy that sun!
Haha! But that’s exactly area of nerdity! You don’t need to know the definition to know what a word means.