My mom's family comes from the BEAU-tiful country of Slovenia. Growing up, I ate many traditional Slovenian dishes, and heard only a little bit of the Slovenian language. The Slovenian language was not really passed down by her parents since they insisted on speaking English as the proud, new Americans that they were. So Grammy grew up speaking English and hearing Slovenian being spoken between her parents every once in awhile.
Where it is wonderful to speak English as a new citizen of the United States, I have often find it sad that so many immigrants "back then" chose to "lose" their native languages altogether, for various reasons. I would have LOVED to know this part of my heritage growing up.
The last night that my mother was here, we decided at a late hour to video tape her as she gave the older girls and I a crash course in Slovenian. Some of these sayings I hadn't heard in at least 30 years, so it was a WONDERFUL moment to hear certain phrases once again!
Without further a-do...