Sometimes when Suegra is watching her shows, the niños come into the living room and start being noisy and boisterous. I’m not sure why they do this to her. They don’t dare do it to their father, (beware the chancla!), and they don’t do it to me because I don’t really watch T.V. all that much.
Anyway, this is a regular event and Suegra always issues the same empty threats, “Go on, get out of here or I’ll never give you another piece of candy! Niños, callense! I can’t hear! … Cipotes malcriados, quitase de allí, no puedo ver!”
When I’m in a good mood, I’ll tell the kids to go play elsewhere but if Suegra has been naughty, I let her handle it herself.
Well, the other day Suegra was watching a telenovela in the afternoon. The kids were at school so she thought she could relax and enjoy, until the dog came nosing around and bothering her.
“Vayase!” she said, flicking her hand at the dog.
Now you should know, for years, the dog has ignored Suegra’s commands just as much as the children – I’ve always told her it’s because the dog doesn’t speak Spanish. Well, to our amazement, this time the dog immediately retreated to the other side of the room and laid down.
Suegra looked at me with a satisfied grin on her face. “Mira,” she said, “La perra entiende mejor que los niños.”
Translation: The dog understands better than the kids.