When my host family picked me up from the airport on New Year´s Eve, the kids seemed excited to see me, but also shy because my absence made me a stranger to them yet again.
Lucia happily told me what she got from Santa for Christmas: a Mickey suitcase and a little dolly. Pichón then turned to Lucas and told him to tell me what he got for Christmas. Lucas being Lucas, he refused, and Pichón said “Recibió galletas, dos!” (“He got cookies! Two!” And lightly slapped him on the head twice. I didn´t get it. But then I learned “galletas” means not only “cookies” but also “smacks.” Or, as my dad would say, “head slaps.”