Los Frutos

Los Frutos

on Dad's watch“What’s that?” Our son was pasting pictures and writing captions on a cardboard box and our daughter was curious.

“It’s my Spanish project. I’m showing the produce section of a “Super Mercado,” which means “Super Market” for those of you who don’t speak Los Angeles, uh, Spanish.

“Why is it ‘Las Naranjas’ and ‘Los Platanos’.”

I decided to step in at this point, mildly concerned that my son might not be able to articulate the association between sex and fruit.

“Some languages assign a gender to things. So “Las” is the plural article for feminine things and “Los” is the plural article for masculine things.”

“I don’t get it! I think it should be ‘Las Platanos,'” she said, which kinda puzzled me but, oh well.

“Why do you care!?” Our son is a master at creating conflict.

“I DON’T! I JUST THINK IT’S STUPID!”

“BUT I DON’T MAKE THE RULES!”

“I DIDN’T SAY YOU DID!!!”

The brawl over fruit, sex, gender and grocery stores continued. I heard a few, “you’re an idiot” and “you smell” accusations. I just shook my head and kept driving to school until it finally died down.

As she was exiting the vehicle, my daughter asked, “Dad, are you gonna write about this?”

“What do you think?” I said. She rolled her eyes and skipped off to class.

Authored by: Michael Malgeri

Michael lives in Redondo Beach with his wonderful wife and their beautiful children, the stars of "On Dad's Watch." He makes a living in the software industry and pursues writing in between fun family events. Along with "On Dad's Watch," Michael believes there's a need to teach young people about the morality and practicality of Capitalism as well as provide them with an alternative perspective on environmental issues. His books on these topics can be found at www.kids4biz.com.

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