My Great Auntie Ida is 101. She’s a bit dotty and vague but likes to think she’s keeping up with modern ideas (although she keeps referring to Netflix as “Influx” – she’ll say: “Did you watch that lovely movie on Influx yesterday?”, that kind of thing.
Anyhoo, the other day we were talking about the Australianising of Christmas traditions (like Santa at the beach holding a tinnie) and Auntie Ida said she loves the Christmas Bilby, only she called it the Christmas Dildo instead.
There was a really embarrassed silence as my entire family pretended not to notice. But I laughed out loud. Then Auntie Ida wanted to know what was so funny. My family accused me of making fun of her. But I think their uptight and condescending attitudes are worse. Who’s in the right, Yak, me or them?
Having a Laugh
Dear Having a Laugh,
I hate the word “anyhoo”. People who use it are annoying and deserve to be hoof-slapped.
It sounds like Auntie Ida is the only person in your family I’d care to be stranded with on a deserted island. She’s clearly taking you all for a ride and knows exactly what she’s saying (no doubt fed up with all that condescension and baby talk). Quite frankly, you all deserve to be squirming.
But to be honest, I don’t really care. I’ve just started a new medication and I’m thankful just to get through the day without biting anyone.
Hope this helps.
With kind regards,