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Offend Mother And There Will Be Hell To Pay

| Related | May 17, 2012

(My mother is convinced that life should be about avoiding offending everybody on the planet, even if you don’t know that person.)

Me: “At some point, I want to get a black cat and name it ‘Mephistopheles’, and one of those cow-spotted cats and name it ‘Faust’.”

Mom: “Why in the world would you do that? You would offend your Christian friends!”

Me: “Well, mother, for one thing I think my friends would understand it’s a literary reference. And, for two, the only people I can think of who would be offended by that, are not people I would allow into my home or be friends with.”

Mom: “But, it would offend them! You can’t name a cat after a devil character!”

Me: “Mom, the cat in Disney’s Cinderella is named ‘Lucifer’. I don’t think people will care if I name a cat ‘Mephistopheles’. Especially since, if you had actually read ‘Faust’, you would know that ‘Mephistopheles’ does not get ‘Faust’s’ soul. It’s purely for the literary reference.”

Mom: “Hmph. Don’t let the neighbors here you say that. They won’t like it.”

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