Wednesday, May 27, 2009
( 12:31 AM ) teahouse
The Husband and I are planning a trip to visit my parents in Asia this summer.
Many of my relatives were unable to make the international trip to our wedding in New York, and thus have never met the Husband. This trip will be a chance for us to do a tour and introduce him to everyone.
My parents are even going to have a small banquet for us to celebrate our wedding after the fact.
When I called my dad to tell him the dates of our arrival and departure, he said, "Everyone here is really worried about you."
"Why?" I asked.
"The swine flu epidemic!" he said. "We keep seeing on the news how people are dying in the streets of New York, and how everyone is infected. All of your aunts want to know how bad it is and whether your lives are in danger."
"Geez," I answered. "That's just the sensationalistic Asian news media! We're fine!"
"Well," he said. "They're taking it seriously here. Nobody wants another outbreak like SARS. Make sure you guys bring a couple of face masks on your trip. And passengers on flights from the United States are being tested extensively to see if they have any fevers or coughs or signs of flu! They're taking their temperatures and looking in their throats for signs of infection!"
Great, just great. Now I have to be worried about getting strip searched and probed on my way home to see my parents.