Oct 2, 2008

Hellu Bibi means you

So, Boholanos have this accent, I guess Visayans in general have it too, where “lady” becomes “lidi” and “baby” becomes “bibi”. I’ve found that even when she is at her grossest (half naked dirty fingernails, sand-and-snot-encrusted, unbrushed hair, mango goop smeared all over), strangers still try to get Bella’s attention. Lest she be taken as ill-natured and unfriendly, I’ve had to do a little coaching: “Bella, when you hear someone say, ‘Bibi!,’ that means you. They’re saying hi to you. You should say hi, okay?”

Hasn’t worked yet, but we still have a day and a half left.