My Beloved turns Sixty tomorrow.
So I thought it is only fitting that I talk about some of his monumental “putting his foot in it” moments. Not that he is the one who feels embarrassed or awkward, I am usually the one left to cover up the situation.
I could write a book about these incidents but unfortunately some of them might be far too politically incorrect. Almost all of them are politically incorrect but if I avoid them I won’t have anything to write about.
Before you judge him, yes he is politically completely incorrect. However, he has the most amazing heart. He will help anyone with any colour, race or religion, but don’t ask him to recite Baa Baa rainbow sheep.
Here we go, with one of the gems.
We had been invited to another Aus/Sri Lankan family for dinner. There were many people there and we didn’t know many of them. That has never been a deterrent for my husband to completely take over the conversation. While he was holding the fort in the lounge room I went into the kitchen to help the host. Suddenly the host rushed in and frantically starts to talk to me.
She goes “Uma, you need to hurry, your husband, he is talking about religion(anti)”, and she points to a couple and says, “they are very strong Christians, you need to make him stop”, I tried to get his attention without raising others attention, but to no avail. The man was very impressed with his audience and he wasn’t going to give up the floor any time soon. The said couple kept quiet and didn’t voice their opinion or objection. The long night finally ended. And each guest was now finally leaving one by one. We were about to leave and my husband notices ‘The couple’ waiting. They make eye contact and they answered to a question we never asked “we are not from Sydney, we are just about to call for a cab”.
All night, I have been trying very hard to avoid them and to keep my husband away from them as well. But alas, my husband asks them where they were staying and announces that it in fact, that place was on our way and would love to offer them a lift. My heart just sank. I have no idea why but the couple accepted the offer. It was a long awkward drive back home.
The above is the politically corrected version.