The fact of the matter is that Donald Duck and I share the same predicament in being persons for whom things happen – whether one is looking for them to happen or not!! Sad things, mad things, glad things, do roll out in a never-ending roller coaster. I have said in another entry that I am rather ‘lively and energetic of meself’ and tis so very true as all sorts of incidents tend to happen me DD-like wherever I go! Never a dull moment in me life, I am telling you.
This incident happened to me when I had just about arrived in Ireland all those years ago. Well, the moral of the story is this:
How (not) to make an unforgettable impression on your in-laws-to-be. And to stand out like a sore thumb, to boot!!
We – that is the mother-in-law, the father-in-law, himself and I, were sitting by the table in the kitchen a January evening after Tea – read: dinner, as it is called in Ireland – and it was very cold and draughty inside because of the single pane, large windows in spite of the heavy-lined curtains, so says this new daughter-in-law-in-the-making:
“Why don’t you insulate the windows
to keep the heat in,
because that is what we do in Finland and Sweden?
I do not know the name of the thing that one uses to do
the job in English,
but in Finnish it is called, ‘Kitti’, and
in Swedish it is called ‘Kitt’ ( – pronounced: s**t).”
For a second there was absolutely no reaction from anybody, then I realized what I had said and burst into fits of laughter!!
The mother-in-law gives an amused chuckle for that one, but says nothing.
The father-in-law is deadly serious, and says nothing.
Himself gives me a good kick under the table, and says not a thing.
Moi says: ” Oooppss… What did I say?!!”
They must have been all thinking, ‘ What have we got here?!!’ Strange people them Finns using such a substance for insulations. It just shows that certain words in one language, can have so very different meaning in another. I did not know that the word I was looking for was, putty. Ever after that intermezzo, I most certainly do!
Tis for now again until the next posting. Riihele xx.
* The in-laws were of the age that they could have been my grandparents, so to say a thing like that in their hearing was just not normally done.
Picture is off the net.