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?


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

  2. 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.


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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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!

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

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

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

  12. 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))

  13. 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

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

  15. 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."

    ~ "Lonesome Dogg" McMe

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


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