Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lessons from a Korean mother-in-law (part 8)

First:  thanks for all the positive support with these posts about my mom.  I love writing them so it's extra special that you enjoy reading them.

This is a post, in a series, dedicated to a mother-in-law that I deeply love and dearly miss.  All posts in this series are true events that happened to me (SERIOUSLY, I COULDN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!)

Here are the others:  part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7

BABY TALK CONTINUES....but this time I strike back!

I was expecting the baby talk.  I knew mom was going to ask us about this.  But I didn't expect to have to answer the "when are you having a baby?" question several times a day.  So instead of getting mad, I've decided to play back.  Finding humour, in situations like these, is what keeps me smiling. 

As mom squeezed my hand on the ride home from the airport she turned to look at me, "daughter-in-law, you don't have a baby?" she questioned.  I responded, as per usual.

"How old are you?" she asked.

"In Korean age I'm 30 or 31" I replied.  In Korea, upon your birth you are already one and then you gain another year everytime the year changes.  I'm 29 in Canada.

"WOOOOOOW! You need to make a baby soon.  It's too difficult for you!" she exclaimed.

This time sister-in-law spoke "mom, they are not ready to have a baby now.  After Jennifer finishes school in two years they will have a baby.  They are too busy now".

"I understand, I understand" mom answered.

She looked at me, but this time I squeezed her hand.  "Mom, don't worry!  Tonight, I'm going to make a baby!"

The following day, upon returning home Sung Hyun and I agreed that the only way we were going to cool down was if we took a shower.  Sung Hyun joked that we should have one together.

"Mom, Sung Hyun and I are going to shower together," I said.  "Is that okay?"

"What? say again" mom questioned.
"I'm going to shower with Sung Hyun, okay?"

"NO!  Don't do that!!!!!"

"Then how will we make a baby?"

"I doooooon't knooooow" her voice sang.

"Mom, you have 6 children and you don't know how to make a baby?" I smirked.

I think we're even on the baby debate!


Annie-Me said...

haha this one really made me laugh out loud literally. It was soooo funny :) You need to publish these so badly!

Melanie Kidder said...


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Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

You are awesome :-) Ha, I love this! These are definitely my favourite posts.