I had Amparo come to the house yesterday to teach Maya for a couple of hours. She brought her 14 year old son Andres, and there was much laughing and jokes and entertainment for all of them. Maya seemed entirely comfortable and appeared to speak freely and easily, and I wondered how it is that she is so at ease with some and not with others. She does not seem shy with Amparo and Andres, but I know that she does not speak Spanish at school because she is self conscious and embarrassed. I have no idea how to manage this, but inviting Amparo and Andres more regularly to the house may be helpful.
I tried to speak Spanish with Analia and force Maya to join in the conversation, but Maya was resistant, and we made little progress. Eric came home from the jungle and urged me to let go of something I cannot control and stress less about it.
My day was too peaceful, in fact these past few days have been far too peaceful for my taste. Republica del Salvador is quiet on the weekend, with most buildings being offices and most businesses closed. The streets were empty, but roars from Atahualpa stadium were evidence of the football season having started. The girls were happy playing Monopoly and Uno and walking to the Supercines for a movie. Mostly I heard 'Spanglish' from them. A quiet and peaceful weekend is exactly what Maya wanted.