Language Barrier

Language Barrier

Some parents spell out questionable words when in the presence of children. Others, including mine, just switch languages. As soon as my parents would speak Spanish, we knew it was a subject not meant for children’s sensitive ears. Language was the barrier between ours and the adults’ world. It was a firm exclusion, shielding us from “adult talk.”

For me, hearing Spanish turned into a symbol of alienation: ┬áit barred me from going out-of-bounds, into forbidden territory, where they were allowed. I wondered why I was excluded from this aspect of interaction with my own family. Continue Reading…