I just love my friend Marianne's story of this boy who takes things literally.
12-yr-old Labicq, a Bangladesh boy, was volunteering at our Summer Reading
Game Table. He is very literal, and often doesn't get implied humor or
metaphor or commonly used idioms. He was very patient with some of our
more difficult customers as he explained our Summer Reading Game rules.
One woman, a Puerto Rican, seemed to give him a particularly difficult
time, all due to language issues, hers as well as his. I made a joke
saying, "Are we all speaking English right now?" The woman laughed, but
he said, "Ms. B, what language did you think we were speaking?"
After the exchange was over, I told him he was a very good sport. His
response: "Actually, Ms. B, I'm not very good at sports!"