Tropical Daydreams: July 2012

Tropical Daydreams: July 2012

Tropical Daydreams: July 2012

I'm not sure why I'm thinking along these lines, really. Neither Mark nor I plan to give up the view from our terrace anytime soon. But you never know, so many of our friends and acquaintances have come and gone these last ten years. I'm beginning to feel like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. go so quickly here, "she observed repeatedly. It's made me feel ever-so-slightly restless. Anyway, the what-we'd-miss game is fun to play, even if the reality is still distant.

1. The way to be Brazilian - The Brazilian way of being. Easy to translate, more complex to describe. And I do not want to get lost in national stereotypes, either, you know, the French are this, the Germans that, the Argentines the other, the Japanese ... and so forth. Putting aside the stereotypes, I still have to marvel at the Brazilian way . It is a remarkably seductive warmth and generosity of spirit, an ease and comfort in one's own skin that is contagious, an ability to relax and enjoy life, with and without life's adversities; it's an ability to break into song to make a point in the middle of the supermarket, it's a way of laughing and gesturing, walking and talking ... and speaking of Brazilians, also have another amazing talent: they can talk and smile at the same time. How do they do that? I've tried it, and it's not easy if you have not grown up doing it. And it does not work with English at all, the neurons that control the mouth movements of English speakers just are not programmed the same way as for Portuguese speakers.

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