A talking horse and memories of ‘El Exilio’

My parents are now gone, and I often close my eyes and relive those early days in the US. We were new here and everything was so different. Back in the early days of “el exilio,” my father had 2 jobs. In other words, he left the house early and came home late every night. We spent a lot of our time in school and translating TV shows for my mother. One of her favorites was Mr. Ed, or “el caballo que habla”.

We grew up watching Mr. Ed reruns. It was a great show and the theme was super:

“A horse is a horse, of course, of course, And no one can talk to a horse, of course That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed Go right to the source and ask the horse, He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse He’s always on a steady course, talk to Mr. Ed.””

Try translating that into Spanish. Anyway, we tried many times, but it was hard. Nevertheless, we enjoyed Mr. Ed between doing our homework and eating whatever my mother had in the refrigerator.

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1 thought on “A talking horse and memories of ‘El Exilio’”

  1. Brings back memories. Both of the show which me and my sister used to love watching but also of having to translate for our parents. A common experience not just for Cubans but for all immigrant families. Young children learn English really fast.

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