I was talking to a colleague near the microwave while my food was being heated.Our conversation started with the customary hellos.
She: Hey ! you look very pretty today….
I: Thank you, I guess it is my dress…
And on it went to the topic of wedding dresses , and the usual what we wear in India for weddings..blah..blah…we should share photos…blah blah…
She: So, how long have you been married?
I: 7 yrs.And you?
She: 27 years.
I: Wow ! Thats long !!Actually, my parents finished their 45th anniversary last year.
She: Good. So, they are reaching their “Golden Anniversary”.
I: Yep !! So, what did you do for your “Silver Anniversary”.
She: Nothing. I just slept.
I: Really !! Why? What did your husband get you for your anniv?
She: You see, in 1975, when there was communism in Vietnam, they forced people to work in farms,like hortcul
I: U mean horticulture
She: Ya ya..So, they created channels in the river.
OK, now I suppose you all will agree with me when I say I thought the conversation was not over and something relevant to wedding anniversary was coming up…Well, then you guessed wrong. THAT WAS THE ANSWER. And of course, I followed it with a NOD and a SMILE . Before I could think of a retort, we were interrupted by another Vietnamese lady and they started chatting and DING! my food was cooked and I walked out of the place wondering what could have been her interpretation of my question. Any guesses?
“Maybe her husband is still in Vietnam, and she wanted to convey something pertaining to it.”
Being surrounded by Vietnamese , I thought I had seen all and could understand their english. I do speak fast but wonder how my question could have been misinterpreted by her.