Tuesday— I walked into Spanish class, excuse me *la clase de Español*, this morning grinning from ear to ear. Little did I know, I was in a for a rude awakening. As I sat down to take my seat, I made some small talk with Will Kingham ’18 (Will isn’t actually in my Spanish class, in fact, I think he takes French. But I wanted to add more content to the #WillKinghamIsDreamy tag, so we’re taking some creative liberties).
As my conversation with Will died down, my ears picked up on a strange new sound. “Hola, Estudiantes!” What was this foreign tongue? Did I stumble into the wrong classroom? Had the haunted spirits finally found me after seven years on the run? I looked up and locked eyes with Señora Ortigosa, still possessed, chanting this new language. Rattled, I turned to my peer Will Ketterer-Sykes ’20, famed director of “Una Aventura del Mundo”, and asked what was going on. He responded “¿Que? Señora está hablando Español. Todo es normal.” I replied “Will, I have no idea what you’re saying. Also, I’m going to briefly break the fourth wall to ask: who actually speaks to other students in Spanish class in Spanish? I thought teachers just said that as a joke.”
Something was wrong. Very wrong. While my friends had spent the past two weeks practicing their Spanish at the Buenos Aires Ritz Carlton and the Barcelona Four Seasons Resort & Spa, I had slowly forgotten everything that seemed so firmly ingrained in my mind. Or maybe I hadn’t. Maybe I never was able to speak Spanish, I’m sorry *Español*, in the first place. I found myself faced with a brief existential crisis. I tried to remain level-headed by taking some deep breaths and searching through some notes for aid. I want to say it helped, but I don’t want to lie. Luckily, my prayers were soon answered when my saving grace, none other than Will Kingham ’18 himself stood up and started singing a Spanish lullaby his mother used to sing to him every night before bed. It all made sense again, and I really made sure that this article merited a #WillKinghamIsDreamy. It was a wild day for sure, but this investigation has found a happy ending!
¡Hasta la proxima vez!