Posts Tagged ‘Cultures’

That’s Not The Same Thing As It Not Being Rude Though

November 27, 2015

“That was a rather rude request,” I mentioned in passing to someone a while back.

“Huh,” they said.  “I guess it was . . . here.  It wouldn’t have been a problem in the culture I was raised in though.”

“Actually, it would have been rude there too,” I corrected.  “But it would be considered even ruder to point that out.”

When South Florida Meets Southern Italy

March 11, 2013

Over the weekend we took L. (age two) out to a local Italian restaurant.  Now before anyone winces at the idea of us bringing a young child to a restaurant, I want to stress that we gauged his mood before hand (it was good), ordered the simplest thing possible (pizza) in case we had to eat and/or leave quickly, and I always go fully prepared to spend a lot of time with L. outside the restaurant in the event his mood takes a turn for the worse.

As it turned out, none of that preparation was necessary (it only rarely is), since the worst he did at all was twice he started to sing a little too enthusiastically along with the music (but never loud enough to come even near to being louder than the music itself), but happily sang quieter when encouraged to do so.

And while L. is fond of pasta, he’d never really eaten Italian food before, so the baked ravioli with marinara sauce on the side was an event for him.  We, of course, cut the huge ravioli into more manageable roughly triangle-shaped bites (this becomes important in just a moment), and let him go to town.  He loved it.

He called it chips and salsa, but he loved it.