Okay, the title of this post may be untrue. I don’t know if all Latin Americans point at things in photos, or all Salvadorans, or if it’s just my husband’s family. All I know is that my gringo family does not point at things in photos and Carlos’s family does.
See this photo of Carlos? He’s not pointing – he’s laughing, but he was pointing only moments before. (You’ll have to take my word for it.)
You see, many years ago we were at a beach house in North Carolina on vacation with my family. Once we unpacked and settled in I told Carlos, “Go over there by that fish picture so I can take your photo.” Carlos dutifully walked over to the fish picture, turned around and then smiling nicely for the camera, he pointed at the fish picture. I took the camera down from my face and squinted at him.
“What are you doing?” I asked.
“You said stand here with the fish picture.”
“Um, yeah, but I didn’t say point at it… weirdo.”
I started laughing which made Carlos start laughing – that’s why I have a photo of him laughing and not pointing. Years later I would realize, Carlos wasn’t a weirdo – he was Salvadoran – and Salvadorans point at things in photos – at least that’s what I’ve come to believe.
I present to you, as evidence, a few photos from our family photo albums. (Photos have been cropped to protect the identity of my in-laws.)
Dios Santo, not the children…