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El Español
david hernández
Mar 3, 2013
Día de trabajo en la cafetería, a eso de las once y media o doce de la mañana.
 
Vuelvo al lío después del almuerzo y me encuentro con una compañera coreana muy simpática pero bastante peculiar, muy empanada, diciendo a otra compañera que no entiende lo que dice el cliente.

El cliente es un hombre de pelo cano de unos 60 o 65 años, con cara de estársele hinchando los cojones.

Vuelvo yo diplomático después de mi merecido descanso y observo la situación aparte, callado, esperando acontecimientos. Observo una vez más al cliente:  gesto muy característico, nariz arrugada, agitando el dorso de la mano al viento en dirección a mi compañera. Total y completamente desmoralizado. Y de repente le oigo espetar:
 
—  Bah…lo que sea —  en español.

Entro en escena y, hablando en castellano le pregunto si procede de la madre patria.

— Sí — me contesta con brillo en los ojos y un halo de esperanza.

—  ¿Y qué es lo que quiere? — indago.

Manos al cielo.

—  ¡Un café con leche!
Work day at the coffee shop, around half past eleven or twelve at noon. 

I go back to the work after lunch and I find a very nice but quite peculiar Korean colleague, completely out of it, telling another colleague that she does not understand what the client is saying.

The client is a gray-haired man in his 60s, his face showing that his balls are being busted.

I come back chilled out after my well-deserved rest time and observe the situation apart, quietly, waiting to see how the situation evolves. I observe the client once again: very characteristic gesture, wrinkled nose, waving the back of his hand in the wind towards my colleague. Totally and completely demoralized. And suddenly I hear him blurt out:

— Bah… whatever — in spanish.

I come into play and, speaking in spanish, I ask him if he comes from our motherland.

—  Yes —  he answers me with a sparkle in his eyes and a halo of hope.

— So, what would you like? —  I ask.

Euphoria. He celebrates lifting his hands to the sky.  

—  A coffee with milk!

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