World Class Player
Teams: USA/Hungarian NT
I was born in New York City and grew up in Montclair, New Jersey.
Both my parents are 100% Magyar. Dad (Nemeth Geza) was born in Szombathely, his family eventually settled in Kispest (Puskas baby!). Mom (Szekely Eva) is Jewish, was born in Budapest.
I grew up in a pure Magyar household. Magyar was my first language, when I started school I took English as a second language (so Im told). Although both of my parents are proud of being Hungarian, my dad was by far the most extreme case. If he were to ask me something (always in Hun) and I would answer in English, he would immediately correct me and say "nem 'yeah'" hanem "igen." He would blast Kalman Laszlo's radio program on Sundays so much the house would shake. My love of foci comes directly from him.
As I have no real family in the US my parents stuck me on a plane most summers to go visit all of my family, grandparents, aunts, cousins etc...There was no real Hun community where I lived so I was almost viewed as being a bit different. A friend would
jokingly refer to me as the "Hungarian Nightmare" when we were playing sports ha ha..
I think its great you want to teach your boy Magyar. I definitely appreciate it more now as an adult than when I was a kid. There are some Huns I've come across who never spoke it, or just forgot and it really makes me even more thankful for being in touch with my roots.
All this being said I think there is a fine line when it comes to being patriotic. My dad was so to the point that it (in my eyes) blinded him. For example, he would make fun of baseball just because he didn't understand it or cuz it was too American (proud Mets fan here). The key is to find the right balance so you don't miss out on other people's perspectives. Knowing two cultures can really be a blessing.
Last edited by Aron; October 22nd, 2008 at 05:58.