Thank you to everyone who left comments on Pristine’s graduation post. I read all the comments to her and she was so pleased!
As I have been tweeting this morning, I was in an awkward situation at the school program yesterday. This post is for all of you not on Twitter or those who have not seen my tweets.
Anyway, there are a number of Japanese students in Pristine’s school and although she has no Japanese classmate, there are plenty of Japanese kids in the other kindergarten classes. I’m pretty much acquainted with them. “Acquainted” of course just means hi, hello or goodbye during school runs or during programs at school. There is one mom whom I noticed always come to school to attend the programs/meetings alone. Her son is in KG2 and she has a another one year old boy.
Yesterday, when her son’s class was on stage, there was a middle-aged man, around mid-50’s taking photos of the child – I thought, wow, the child’s grandpa is so sweet to see his grandson’s graduation and traveled to Dubai all the way from Japan. Japanese grandpa’s rarely do that – it deserves appreciation in my book.
Then I happen to bump into the mom at the hallway while I was on my way out and I stopped and talked to her. I told her it was so nice and sweet of the grandpa to come over visit them in Dubai.
Her expression was priceless.
She did not know what to do with me or how to react. I was clueless, just smiling back at her. When she finally found herself, she gently said:
“That’s not grandpa – that man is actually my husband!”
Ooops! oops! oops!!
I almost melted and wished I had the power to evaporate right there and then! I apologized profusely. How could I instantly expect that just because that man was old enough to be a grandpa that he was indeed a grandpa? I was so embarassed. She told me that she gets that comment all the time because her husband is 14 years her senior (she’s nearing 40).
Some couples are really unpredictable (in terms of looks)!
But as one twitter friend pointed out, “Take comfort that it’s not as embarassing as asking a woman when her baby is due when she’s not pregnant!” Oh well, I haven’t done that and won’t do that unless the woman is in labor.
How’z your Monday?