Friday, March 23, 2007

      ( 7:36 AM ) teahouse
Lost in Translation

One of my friends has parents who are always trying to set her up with friends' sons. She finds it really annoying.

Hearing her talk about it reminded me of a funny story, though.

Several years ago, my parents went through this phase where they were convinced that I belonged with the son of their best friends.

I think they had a fantasy that we'd end up married. The two sets of parents schemed and did everything possible to throw us into situations together.

They talked about him a lot, they left photos of him lying around the house. They even planned a vacation with the two families.

I remember my mom one particular morning. She and I were in the kitchen, drinking coffee and reading the paper. She was trying to be casual (but of course being anything but subtle), extolling the virtues of this guy.

"He's smart!" she said, in her broken English. "He is doctor! You are lawyer! Perfect together!"

I think I grunted and looked up briefly from my paper.

She pressed on. "And, guess what! His mom told me, he just got a condom!"


"Mom," I said, looking at her for a few seconds. "I don't think that's what you're trying to say."

"Yes, yes!" she persisted. "He just got a CONDOM!"

"What? That doesn't make sense? And euwwwww!!!" I exclaimed. "What kind of sick individual talks to his PARENTS about stuff like that????"

"Yes, yes! She said he bought a nice condom! Three bedrooms!"

"Oh," I said, slapping my head. "You meant he bought a condo."

"Yes!" she yelled. "That's what I said! Condom! Condom!!!"

Anyway, about a year later that this guy suddenly married another girl in a BIG HURRY. I believe they have a couple of kids now.

So yeah.... apparently he really wasn't buying any condoms.



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