2. I figure customer service people can spell Europe. Am I wrong to think that?
3. Mama pronounced the letter E as "A". That's how she learned it as a kid in the Philippines, a U.S. territory (then), which had been a Spanish colony in Mama's grandparents' time. "The old-timers spoke Spanish. They tried to teach me," said Mama. I wonder what Mama was interested in instead.
4. The silliness it was when Mama asked 12-year-old Susie to spell a word that has one or more letter E's. Oh my gosh! Let's suppose, Mama asks, "How do you spell Elephant?"
"E-," I start.
"What kind of E?" she asks.
"E." I say.
"E as in A. or E as in E."
5. Before I understood that she pronounced …