Joseph is a very polite boy. From a small age he has always said “thank you” and “you’re welcome” (in two languages).
But he also he can be very stubborn. For a long time, Joseph has said “por favor” only using sign language. He simply would not speak “please.”
This morning we had a little showdown. He wanted a second helping of cereal. I wanted him to speak “please” or “por favor” aloud. At first he would only give me signs, over and over. I kept repeating to him that I wanted him to speak the words. Then he started saying “I can’t!” (a phrase he learned from his sisters)
After a while I went back to my newspaper as he sat there sucking his two fingers. Yoli was talking to me, then she said “Did you hear that?”
And there was Joseph saying “por favor.”
Amid exclamations of “good job” and “bravo,” Joseph got his second helping of cereal.