My Children Guard My Tongue
First Published in Horizons Magazine in 1996
It’s a humbling experience being a mother, but it’s even more humbling being a bilingual one. I guess I’m giving myself more credit than I deserve, though. I’m not really bilingual; I’m more what you would call non-lingual. As I learn more Hebrew, I forget more English, and whereas I once sounded like the university graduate I was, nowadays I more closely resemble a high-school dropout. And when it comes to Hebrew, well, there are preschoolers who speak better than I do. That wouldn't be so bad, except the preschoolers are my children and they and their older siblings are embarrassed by me.