Growing up, I was surrounded by Spanish constantly. I went to private school and learned it since I was little. As a result, I can habla Español with ease. Once I got to high school and had required language credits, I simply chose to go on with Spanish. My other options were French and German. I kind of regret not learning French but knowing Spanish has been more useful to me. Anyway, in high school, my best friend Lauren and I were in the same Spanish class. We were such trouble makers but the teacher loved us. We were good students despite our other tendencies and he always thought we were shining examples of what students should be! Ha! We sure had him fooled. Because we had him for second period, he had to read us the morning announcements which included the lunch menu. Now back then, you did NOT want to be caught in that lunchroom. It was the kiss of death for your social life. We had open campus and we could go out to lunch. Huzzah!
Mr. Parsons would always make a big fuss over one dessert – whipped dessert, with topping. He’d bang on the desk and we thought he was such a total dork. Even though arroz con leche (Spanish for rice pudding) is nothing like the whipped dessert with topping, it made me think of him. I found out he passed away recently, so this one’s for you, Mr. Parsons. Gracias! Let’s go to the next page (click the Next button below) to discover how to make Arroz con Leche.