The Writer's Life: Film & Book Reviews, Observations, and Stories
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Breeching the Gap

Some Mexicans have wonderfully soft laughs. Sadly, my Spanish normally makes it difficult to elicit laughter, except at my mistakes. Yesterday, while getting tamales for our trip to the Marietas from two young women on the street, I decided to go for it after we made our order, and started the names of Mexican films: “Y tu mamá también; Amores perros,” etc. I had them laughing out loud, partially out of amazement and partially out of embarrassment. It just goes to show that intention is the essence of communication.