Happy October, friends! I used the word “hola” in today’s title for a couple reasons… First, it sounds somewhat alliterative with October – and I love a good alliteration! But more importantly, because “hola” was Elle’s first word! She’s been saying words for a few months now, but “hola” is still by far our favorite word to say. She says it over and over all day long! In fact, she’ll wave at you and say “hola!” until you respond to her.
A related funny story: She was recently at Whole Foods with Tita, her nanny who is like family to us – truly, a godsend. Anyway, Elle was waving and saying “hola!” to every person in the store. Most people smiled and at least politely said hi in return to her. But one man had a grumpy look on his face and didn’t even acknowledge her. She apparently continued to stare at the man and kept repeating herself — hola, hola, hola. Finally, her Tita said she explained to her that (1) not everyone speaks Spanish, and (2) not everyone is friendly. But she reiterated to Elle that she should just keep being herself and saying hola and bringing her joy to everyone she meets!
Elle’s persistence got me to thinking… Am I that bold? Am I that brave? Am I that empowered? Do I stand my ground? Do I stay true to myself, even in the face of rejection? Am I living an empowered life?
And that pretty much brings me to our October theme of the month! But before we get to that, let’s briefly recap the best of September…