This Saturday, we had lots of fun going to the Delaware County fairgrounds to see the Budweiser Clydesdales. They were so tall, healthy and majestic. The horses took my breath away while so close to see them.
Micah was engrossed from the moment we approached them. We arrived with a grand entrance riding with one of the fairground’s keepers in his golf cart.
Yes, we were given a ride to see the fine exhibition. We did not realize we would have the privelege to see them getting “dressed” with white bows and red emblems on their tails, harnesses with silver jingles and their black leather reins.
When one shook his head with his mouth open, he looked like “Mr. Ed,” an old tv show horse who talked. His mouth formed a smile, which Micah exclaimed and amused people standing by us:
“Look, Nana. The horse is smiling at us!”
We watched the Budweiser dalmatian get lifted (pushed by his behind) up onto the beer cart.
The clouds seemed to look like rain as the dog ran to the back of the cart, way up high. The dramatic sky helped me to imagine him standing like he was a look-out for bank robbers on a stage coach. He returned to sit nicely beside the “driver” of 8 elegant horses.
In my recent life, I tend to choose healthy, natural foods, outdoor settings and products that emphasize these qualities.
I am choosing to let two products featured, “tell their own story:”
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The natural reusable bag,
Whole Foods Market.
Labeled “Love” in letters
Looking like artistic
Cursive rounded letters,
White on lime green.
Here is the tag
And interesting words,
Capturing the company’s
“At Whole Foods Market, we are for love. Love of crisp apples, juicy tomatoes, buttery cookies, and brilliant blooms. Love for fresh air, clean water, vibrant forests rich soil, birds, butterflies, bats and bees. Love of our neighborhoods, local farms, community gardens, and precious waterways. Love for now and for all of our generations to come.”
“Thank you for showing your love for the environment with the purchase of this reusable bag. We look forward to seeing it again and again!”
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The brown recycled paper bag
Decorated with elaborate
Designs and Spanish words
With their translations.
Given are some expressions:
“Puerqu – ito” = pig + cute
“Te quiero” = I like, like you
“Friolenta” = person sensitive to cold
“Anteayer” = day before yesterday
“Empalagarse” = overeating sweets
“Estrenar” = to wear something for the first time
“Sombremesa” = post dinner chatter
The following essay is also on the paper bag from Chipotles.
“Two Minute Spanglish con Mami.”
Written by Julia Alvarez
“When we landed in U.S.A. Mami said to “Learn English.”
“Pero, Mami,” I whined.
“In English,” she reminded me.
“Okay, Mom,” I said smartly.
“Don’t be fresh,” she scolded.
“My name is not Mom!”
It was the same at school. Sister Mary Joseph reprimanded me if she overheard me speaking Spanish to my sisters,
“Girls, that’s enough,” she scolded in a calm voice with a calm face. She didn’t look upset.
When Mami was enojada her face was a tangle of furious lines; her hands flew up, ready to slap.
When I tried speaking English, the school bullies taunted me,
I ran home crying to Mami who knew the most English in our family.
“They are telling you to ‘Speak!’ ‘Speak!’
Learn to speak English.”
I mangled the words. I spoke with an accent.
I asked Mami’s help. “How do I say empalagar en ingles?”
Mami said there wasn’t really an English word for when I ate too many sweets and got that sick, cloying, I’m-going-to-throw-up feeling.
Mami said there was no word, estrenar, in English for the first time I wore my new, store-bought party dress.
When my Bronx tias(aunts) hung around the table after Sunday dinner, telling stories, Mami said there was no “sobremesa” to describe those hours in English.
“I miss them, Mami.” All those words I had to leave behind.
Also, words that in English didn’t carry the same feeling. Like when you banged a finger, instead of crying “¡Ay!” you said, “Oh.” Or “That’s enough, instead of “¡Ya!” And how to get along without “-itos” attached to the ends of words, making the world safer, more affectionately kid-sized?
“¡Ya!” Mami said, weary with my complaints.
“You miss those words? Bring them into English!”
And I did as she said, at last.”
Remember how we used to read everything on our boxes of cereal?
Are there any special brands you like their slogans, their phrases or expressions?
Care to share?