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  • My mother went to the Philippines for vacation and to visit relatives. She stayed there for a month. I picked her up at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Her plane arrived early so she was waiting by the time I got there. She greeted me in Tagalog, the language of her country. Her excitement got the better of her. Picture that aunt in A Christmas Story.

    "How you been? You eating well? You look like you got fat while I was gone. Ha ha ha... that's good. I've miss you. You look like a fat Superman." She said pinching my cheek and poking me in the belly where the point of the Superman logo of my shirt ended. "You look good."

    "What? Did you just call me fat?"

    "No." She said in English. As I helped her with her bags, she started to speak to me in Tagalog again.

    "What?" I said.

    "Sorry, I don't know why I was talking to in Tagalog. Guess I just got used to it. Did you understand what I said?"

    "No."
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