My dad and I were on a video call , when my host mom, Asún, knocked on my door to hand me a left-over clean white sock from the laundry that happened to appear in the rest of the clean linens.
At the sound of her voice, my dad said, “Introduce me, introduce me!” like a young boy wanting to meet Santa.
And I said, “Hold on, Dad! I don’t want her to get upset at me if I just flip the camera with no warning. Haha.”
So when she closed my door, a couple of minutes after, I got up and asked her if she could meet my dad over video chat, because he’d like to greet her.
She said of course, and asked to wait a minute because she wanted to “fix herself” and put some earrings on.
She walked from the hallway rushing to snap in the earrings, and then I flipped the camera.
“Hola, Asun!” / “Hi Asun!” said my dad.
“Hola. Que jóven es tu papá. Que cantador es tu hija. Ellas están en manos buenas.” / “Hello. How young your dad is, she tells me. What a pleasure your daughter is. They’re in good hands,” Asún tells him.
“Gracias! Qué bueno conocerte.”/ “Thank you. How good to meet you,” my dad said in return.
“Igualmente. Perdona por no pintarme. Es que no tenía tiempo para arreglarme or poner colorete.”/ “Same. Sorry I wasn’t “fixed up,” I didn’t have time do fix my hair or put blush,” she adds.
“No te apures.”/ “Don’t worry about it,” I tell her.
“Gracias otra vez, y cuídate.” / “Thank you again, and take care,” my dad said.
“Bye,” said Asun, doing her best to speak English.
p.s. How awesome that my dad got to meet my host mom over video chat last evening! Here’s to a conversation and interaction I will never forget. One for the books.