Because This Is My Life: A Dramatic Pause

This is what happened:

Last night as I am walking out of Russian Bible Study, I happen upon Corrina (from the Republic of Georgia and a native Russian-speaker) oohing and aahing over the most adorable Liam. Liam is being held by his grandmother.

I say to Corinna, "Isn't he SO cute?"

To which she replies, "No!"

Instantly my head starts spinning. Did she just say an adorable child was non-adorable in front of his grandmother?!?! Social awkwardness ahoy! Must escape!

As it turns out, she had not finished her statement. Unconcerned about the social panic spiral that was written all over my face, she had decided to pause to search for her English words.

What she said next was: "Cute is not enough! I do not know the English word for it. I know the Russian word for it. But cute is just not enough!" 

She looks at her friend, a fellow native Russian speaker and says, "eesmuchko smushki smush."  Or something like that, which I translate to mean, "look at the adorable lil babykins I just wanna kiss his lil cheeks!"

And then her friend had to literally drag her away from the baby because Corinna was so enthralled by his more than cuteness.

But that dramatic pause? I swear to you it shaved a year off of my life.