I was watching my grandkids at the Stamford, CT Nature Center in the playground area, when I noticed a pretty little girl approximately six years old looking at me. I was thinking about how much she resembled my granddaughters living in Germany, when she blurted out, “I speak German.” A little startled, I really didn’t know how to respond but I answered, “Do you live in Germany?”
“No,” she said, “we live here.” “Where are your Mom and Dad?” I continued. “Over there,” she pointed.
I went over to them, introduced myself, and explained that, coincidentally, my son and his family live in Germany. I asked if they were visiting and they replied that they had recently moved here. Introducing themselves with a surname of “Szabó,” you can imagine my surprise and curiosity! I had to learn more.
They were Germans and the Dad hardly knew any Hungarian, even though his father was Hungarian. After welcoming the family (they also had a little boy) to Stamford, I translated “Kicsi a világ!”, and they agreed that it is, indeed, a Small World!
Paul Soos is a member of the Editorial Board of Magyar News Online, a lay reader at St. Ladislaus R.C. Church in South Norwalk, CT, and a student at the Magyar Studies Hungarian School in Fairfield. He is a former U.S. Air Force Officer.