Since I am lucky enough to have the opportunity of talking Welsh most days, I have not contributed to this valuable thread. My milestones, however, are many and frequent so I’d like to report on just two.
The first was waiting for my bus back to Aberystwyth on the morning after our wonderful birthday party. I was joined at the bus stop by a blind man. I struck up a conversation about his beautiful guide dog who looked like the twin of my son’s Golden Labrador. We quickly established that I was a foreigner who came from Ceredigion but the conversation flowed even though we each often had to repeat ourselves to make ourselves understood. The conversation will remain precious to me because he was an interesting man and because it confirmed to me that the Gogledd/De divide is no significant barrier to our wonderful shared language.
The second occurred this evening at the end of an extended family gathering.
We arrived in Ceredigion in 1990 when my son was 10. He has been exposed to Welsh briefly in a Welsh medium primary school then in Penglais (English medium) secondary school, so I was aware that he had a “smattering” of Welsh.. I have never really talked to him in Welsh or heard him speaking Welsh, This evening, however, he brought my granddaughter through (they live upstairs) to say goodnight. He talked exclusively Welsh to her talking about bed time and being tired and school tomorrow. I was a little taken aback but didn’t fail to tell him how good his Welsh was. His accent to my ears was perfect. He and I then talked in Welsh about confidence and many other things. He knows that I talk Welsh to Izzie, my granddaughter, whenever I can. But I can’t tell you how important these episodes have been to me and how grateful I am to SsiW for making this possible.
I’d write more but my tears have shorted out the keyboard.