Should Propose A Toast To Change

| Related | January 6, 2014

(My stepmother, whom I only see on Thanksgiving and my dad’s birthday, has had the exact same conversation with me twice a year for ten years.)

Stepmom: “[Dad’s Name], do you want bread?”

Dad: “Yes.”

Stepmom: “Do you want it toasted?”

Dad: “Yes.”

Stepmom: “[My Name], do you want bread?”

Me: “Yes. Thank you.”

Stepmom: “Do you want it toasted?”

Me: “No.”

(A few minutes later, when the food is ready, Stepmom gives us both toast. I inevitably pick at mine and push it around the plate.)

Stepmom: “[My Name], you’re being rude. If you didn’t want toast you shouldn’t have asked for it!”

Me: “I didn’t ask for it. I don’t like toast.”

Stepmom: “Don’t be ridiculous. Of course you like toast. I serve it to you every time you come to visit.”

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