June 29, 2002 - Saturday
Harry has actually been watching some more television lately, beyond the lunchtime bowling. We've been tuning in to some of the World Cup matches early in the morning before Harry goes to daycare. Most of the time we watch the Spanish station, even when ESPN carries the games in English. The Spanish announcers are infamous for bringing an higher level of excitement to soccer matches, highlighted but not limited to their emphatic "Goooooooooooool" calls, than American commentators. But, Harry also knows a little about Spanish from his bilingual book Goldilocks and the Three Bears/Ricitos de Oro y Los Tres Osos. Interestingly, he didn't used to like reading it in Spanish. "Don't like Osos," he would say when I'd try to read those words. Now, when the soccer comes on and I ask which station, he'll get a sly grin on his face and say, "I want to hear about Osos," knowing, I think, full well that no 'Osos' are involved, rather picking up on a little joke I made with the early matches to put a context to the funny words.
Harry also knows something about the national anthems played before the matches. As the players stand in a line mouthing the words, he'll say"they're singing about their homes." I had once explained it that way when he asked what they were doing standing there.