Mi Ofrenda y El Zapatero

The photos above are of the Day of the Dead ofrenda at Miss Lizzy Jardin de Ninos, circa 1999, and the one I assembled to honor my grandmother who died in 1998 (she actually paid a visit to the ofrenda that year).

Last night we had at least 50 trick-or-treaters in our conjunto. Most were vampires. Some came twice and asked for more candy than I was giving them. Instead of saying “Queremos Halloween!” as they do in Mexico, they would say “truco trato.” We do not really know what this means. A neighborhood child, half Spanish and half American, thought the kids were saying, “tu contrato” (your contract).

Regardless of the translation, Mr. Understanding manned the candy door a few times and decided to ask the kids a few questions as part of the “trick” portion of the evening.

Mr. U: What is the name of the president of Spain?

Niño: Juan Carlos? (Um, nope, he’s the King. Big difference.)

Mr. U: What is the name of the president of the United States?

Niño: Obama!

Between the two of us, we repeated this exercise the rest of the evening. Only two children got the first question correct.

There is something fundamentally wrong with this picture. How can you not know who your president is? When memorization is so prized? HOW?

That is something at which I’d throw a shoe, a pointy toed one.



Filed under Customs, Folkart, Holidays, Life, Misunderstandings, Spanish vocabulary, Traditions

8 responses to “Mi Ofrenda y El Zapatero

  1. CBG

    You had more trick or treaters than we did! I had three little groups, one made up of Thomas the Train and his younger sister, the goldfish. Zapatero is the president of Spain, right? Could perhaps their parents be hiding that fact from them?

    Luca came home with 129 pieces of candy. We have enough candy here for years. But not a single Butterfingers. What is the world coming to?

  2. CBG: you know, given my neighborhood, it is a distinct possibility. However, don’t you think the school would go over that with them? I am quite sure that by age 7, we were all schooled in our civic leaders – usually a tie in with making a silhouette of Lincoln or Washington.

    The Butterfinger issue is equally puzzling! LOVE THEM!!!!

  3. things are just as bad here. I couldn’t figure out what the title of Harry Reid was, although I know the job, but I could not think of the words.

  4. Raftbuddy

    I am wondering if “truco trato” is just Spanglish for “trick or treat”. Seems logical. Hubby bought the Halloween candy since I wasn’t up for getting out when we needed to purchase it. He bought what he likes to eat, which I decided was a very good thing, because I don’t like it, so I don’t eat it!!

  5. maria

    goog question about president´s name…Do it means” no matter who is in charge now it is always the same @%$#@**! “

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