Light-hearted bullet dodging
Thought you would enjoy this. I received this email from Arthur's mother yesterday morning:
Thought you’d like to know about this conversation we had this morning as I came into the kitchen for breakfast:
Dad: Good morning. There’s an egg on the table for you, and a bowl of fruit on the counter.
Arthur: And a glass of wine.
Me: Wine? No, not for breakfast…
Arthur: Why not?
Me, being slightly dogmatic: Because most people don’t drink wine during the day – because they have to work and think and be sharp. Wine is for dinner when you’re going to relax.
Arthur, after a significant pause: MARY drinks wine during the day.
(Does this mean that there might be a glass waiting for me at the door some afternoon?)
Fun and cute, right? Except that I've had parents who have quizzed me on my drinking practices after a perfect innocuous accident involving some alcohol-free tonic water. Thankfully, Arthur's parents are not of this ilk. (Which ilk would be "anal and suspicious".) Still, I err on the side of caution in my doings with the parents: no joshing - and certainly not in writing! - about the amount of alcohol I might be sloshing back during the course of a working day. (Though lord knows some days I could use a stiff shot of something or other...)
My email to mom:
I'm thinking this is an example of authority one-upmanship. Just as I am regularly assured that YES, mummy and daddy DO allow all manner of activites and behaviours (you'd be amazed what goes on in your home), he's trying the "MARY does..." with you. I guess I'm now officially an Authority Figure.
p.s. I'm more of a gin and tonic or beer woman, generally, but I'll see what I can do about the wine. :-)
And mom to me:
Yes, that was exactly his intent and tone, no doubt in reaction to my dogmatic tone.
Cute, huh? In any other profession, you could have this exchange and you would have only one reaction: "that was fun". My reaction is twofold: a grin at a fun exchange with a nice parent, and a sigh of relief at having dodged a potential bullet. Kids say the darnest things -- and that can be a scary proposition!