Thursday, 29 April 2010

Part Y: Youth in Asia

Conversation between me and my mother when I was about 12 - the way I perceived it.

Mum: So what do you think about Youth in Asia?
Me: I think it's really sad.
Mum: But don't you think it would be kind to put someone out of their misery?
Me: How would you put them out of their misery? That's life, isn't it?
Mum: Well, they'd use a lethal injection, so they would go to sleep.
Me: What? Why?
Mum: So they don't have to suffer anymore.
Me: But mum! Just because they are getting paid shitty wages doesn't mean they don't want to live!
Mum: What?
Me: Well, I know their hard off and everything, but don't you think they deserve to have a choice?
Mum: What exactly are you talking about?
Me: The Youth in Asia, like you said.
Mum: [laughs] No! Euthanasia. It means to choose if you want to die if you are really ill and don't want to live anymore.
Me: Orh! Well, yeah. I say stick 'em with that needle if they want it. Who am I to choose for them?

20 comments:

  1. Oh, this made me laugh! Great conversation there!

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  2. hahahaha! That's priceless!

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  3. There I was sitting all alone after wrting my "Y" blog and I came across yours, well I laughed so loud I'm sure the neighbours wondered what I was up to, This is a pricless gem at being at cross purposes.

    Yvonne.

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  4. Eheehehe! I know a lot of people who've had this problem. Sad, I know. :(
    Poor Asian youth. :P

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  5. Heheheh... Very theatrical quiproquo, very Molière! I can just picture it taking palce. : j

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  6. now that was/is very creative! :)

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  7. This reminds me of the time I was about ten or eleven and I looked at the word "quiche" on a menu and asked what kwitchee was. hahahaha!

    This made me laugh just as hard as when my mom laughed at me that day.

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  8. Such a creative use of Y! Made me laugh. :D

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  9. Oh my gosh I'm still laughing at this!!! Girl you have truly outdone yourself, I'm going to laugh about this for awhile! What an awesome story!

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  10. Great dialogue, you captured the two perspectives perfectly.

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  11. Funny, how young minds work! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Very charming creative and funny. Thanks I needed this.

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  13. lol brilliant!

    I forgot to tell you that I gave you an award on my S post. hehe all those letters ago. Don't worry about going back there, it was the yellow gumboot commenter award. :o))

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  14. Priceless!!!
    I can so picture your 12-year old self having the conversation with your mother.

    Unfortunately, I read this before I wrote my Y post, which was also going to be Youth in Asia (or at least in India). And I am sure it is now not going to get written.

    ~ Rayna

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  15. It's one of those common verbal misunderstandings that never fails to bring a smile.

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  16. Ha!
    I remember being in a restaurant once when I was maybe 10 or 11 and after placing my order, the waitress asked, "Would you like soup or salad?"
    I said, "Yeah, OK."
    Waitress: "Soup or salad?"
    Me: "OK."
    Waitress: "Would you like soup or salad?"
    Me: "Yes, I'll try it."

    And that's when my entire family started shouting at me.

    I thought she had been saying "Super Salad."
    DOH!

    ~ "Lonesome Dogg" McMe

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  17. Oh good Lord, that was hysterical! Too funny.

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