“How about this book?” she says more to herself than me. She doesn’t really care what I think.
“That book is in Spanish,” I tell her, for some reason thinking it will be enough for her to put it back and pick a new one. Some of the students know how to speak Spanish, a few more how to read it. She is not in either of those categories.
She continued looking at it, getting ready to put it in her book bag.
“You don’t know how to read Spanish, so that book isn’t just right for you.”
“Yes I do.”
“You don’t know how to read Spanish. Put the book back and pick a new one,” I repeat.
She looks up at me and smiles, “Gracias!”
I can’t. Through laughter I repeat, “Put the book back and pick a new one.”