El Senor Jarri Potter
Trip Start Mar 14, 2005
15Trip End Nov 2007
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I just want to fill you guys in on a funny thing that happened to me this week. As some of you may know, I've started a little reading group with some of the kids in my neighborhood. Basically, I've been reading a chapter of the first Harry Potter book (en espanol, por supuesto! sidenote: it doesn't do much for one's ego to have one's pronunciation of words in a CHILDREN'S BOOK corrected by 3 year olds! but hey, I get them with new words like 'Hogwarts' and 'muggle' and saying 'Harry' without rolling my R's -- take that Juan Carlos!) each Saturday and afterwards we discuss it and have a little activity to do but pretty much I just enjoy talking about Harry, Ron and Hermione.
This last Saturday, I read the chapter where Harry gets these mysterious letters addressed to him but his evil Uncle Vernon doesn't let him read them. I had thought that a cool activity for them to do afterwards would be for each of them to write their own letter to Harry, you know, giving him advice on how to deal with his uncle, wishing him a happy 11th birthday, etc, etc. Although I had some misgivings about "stretching the truth" I decided to tell the kids that I really was going to send the letters to Harry in England and that maybe, just MAYBE, he would write back to all the "brujas" (witches) and "magos" (wizards) in Palo Verde. I decided that it would be good for these kids to get to use their imagination and get excited about something.
I thought things were going really well until I started hearing little snippets of their conversation (roughly transalted, of course):
Chica#1: I think I'm going to address it to "El Gran Senor" Jarri Potter
Chica#2: Yeah, you know, he's got....(rubs her fingers together in the
international symbol for money)
Chica#3: Do you think he could get us a visa to go to England?
Chica#4: Well, I'm putting my phone number down just in case.
So, basically, I now have in my possession an envelope full of what amounts to British visa applications for Harry Potter. Haha, oh life in the D.R. is full of surprises. Any advice on what Harry's "response" should be?
On another note, I got the BEST b-day packages from K-bag, KT, Mos, and Assyla! You guys are the GREATEST! I cannot even believe. Grandma XaXa as always has been the BEST letter-writer. I promise a batch of letters is on the way to everybody SOON. I love and miss you all so much (like hot warmed buns, perhaps?) I cant wait to see everyone in JULY!
Love, Molly Potter
P.S. DR 2K6 in August?!?!?! I am already counting down the days. I will have icy Dominican beers on the beach waiting for each and every one of you!