Today my road to becoming more Brazilian took me to hang out with a real Brazilian.
No, my other Brazilian friends, I’m afraid you don’t qualify as a “real” Brazilian in my book. You’ve lived outside of Brazil for ten or more years. Your English is perfect or near perfect. You know who the Real Housewives of Orange County are.
I’m talking a real Brazilian friend. Her English is as bad as my Portuguese (almost). We met up with her other real Brazilian friend. We went to the mall and dropped our kids off at a Espaco Infantil to make cupcakes and get their hair done and put on costumes. We then went and had a coffee.
I’ll be totally honest, I’ve been avoiding these types of friends. I’ll meet them, I’ll think “It would be great to have a real Brazilian friend.” And then I’ll avoid making plans or not put the effort out that I should. It’s cause it’s difficult, it’s unknown.
But today I had the greatest time! I’ve been totally missing out on the real Brazilians. Lesson learned.