Mother: “Does he understand you?”

Mother gave one of her classic lines in 1967.

Her 60th birthday present was a visit to us in Jeremie, Haiti.

Delphine and I went to Port-au-Prince to meet her plane. We were collecting her bags at the airport.

By now I felt comfortable in the language, so to show off — “Look, Ma! No translator!” — I made sure Mom could hear me negotiating price with a taxi driver and telling him where we wanted to go.

The strange sounds gave her pause, but not for long.

“Davy, does he understand you!?”


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