We were driving back from our friends’ cafe with their four year old daughter, Asha. I sat in the back to chatting to her in my rudimentary spanish to try and keep her happy for the journey. She asked me something I didn’t understand:
F: You know I’m from England – that’s why I don’t really speak Spanish. I speak English instead.
Asha: You’re from England. Is that why your skin is verypale?
F: Yes – most English people have pale skin. It’s not very sunny there. Look, I’ve also got blue eyes.
A: Is that why you’ve got hairy arms?
F: Yes, I suppose so.
A: Like the chupacabras.*
*A Mexican monster which sucks the blood of its victims (usually goats) dry.