Sprechen Sie Spanish?

8 Acres Llano River 028Buenos dias, Senorita.

Buenos dias, Senor.

Como esta usted?

Muy bien, gracias. Y usted?

Bien, gracias.

Adios.

That was the first Spanish we kids learned.

Back in the second grade.

That, and learning to count.

Uno, dos, tres.

Quatro, cinco, seis.

Siete, ocho, nueve, diez.

Once, donce…

You can chant it like a song.

Spanish definitely has its own particular rhythm.

As does any language.

Two, four, six, eight.

Who do we appreciate?

Language.

Poetic.

Political.

Personal.

So very close to the heart.

To the heart of one who speaks it.

Whatever language that may be.

Hablo espanol solamente une piquito.

Y comprendo espanol une piquito.

Escribo en espanol?

Not so good.

German, English, and Spanish are still spoken here.

Though German is fading away.

Crumbling into the dust.

Like some of the old rock houses they built.

Now empty and neglected.

Turning slowly into ruins.

Remnants of another time.

Another people.

A particular life.

One that defined the county.

And the town.

The ranching and agriculture.

Church and commerce.

Ein ordentliches Stuck Arbeit.

And we reap the rewards.

Ich danke Ihnen vielmals.

We are blessed.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Vaya con Dios.

Nuf sed.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.

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