“That’s very nice of you to join me for lunch, Peter. You’re a good kid.
– Oh no worries, Grand Pa. It’s a pleasure for me you know. I like my weekly lunch with my Grand Pa!
– I’m glad. Me too, Pete. So what’s up with you?
– Oh nothing much, you know. The usual.
– Mmm. It’s not what I heard from you parents.
– Ha ha. Don’t listen to them. They are a bit nervous because I have a lot of interviews but no job yet.
– Oh don’t worry about me. It might surprised you but I remember what it is to be young.
– Oh I know Grand Pa, I know. On this aspect, you are much more open-minded that Mum and Dad…
– So, what do you have in mind? What’s your plan, now that you have resigned from your previous job. What do you want to do, Pete?
– Mmmm. Can I be honest with you, Grand Pa? Continue reading
“Hey Mum, thanks again for the belt. It’s a very nice present. Exactly what I wanted!
– I’m glad you like it, Simon. Your dad and I had to go to a couple of shops before we could find the good one.
– Oh that’s so sweet of you. Really, it’s perfect. And the quality of the leather seems very good.
– Of course Simon! What did you think? We chose the best one.
– Oh no, I know I know.
– And as you can imagine, the price is quite high for this kind of quality, so please take good care of it.
– Of course Mama.
– And don’t lose it.
– What? Continue reading
“Ah, Son, you’re here. Good.
Son managed to swallow half of his mouthful of Cheerios before replying:
– Mmm… Good… morning… Dad.
– Good morning, Son. I’m glad you’re here, I…
– How was the dinner with Grandpa yesterday? Son interrupted after swallowing the rest of his Cheerios.
– Yes, right. That’s exactly what I wanted to talk to you about, and…
– Oh, something went wrong? Asked Son.
– Huh… no, no. Nothing more than usual I would say.
– Ok. Did you say hi to him for me? I’ll join you next time, after my exams.
– Yes, yes. No problem, Son. He knows you have exams, and he wishes you good luck, by the way. But it’s just that… I think… I was wondering…
– Is everything ok, Dad? You seem a bit confused… Continue reading
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“Oh Paul, let me tell you what happened to me the other day.
– What have you done again, Billy?
– No, no, Paul. I did nothing wrong. Let me explain.
– So the other day, I was taking some cash out, at the ATM. When I looked at the other guy, doing the same, on my right.
– You are not supposed to look at the other guy when he is taking cash out Billy.
– Don’t be stupid, Paul. It was just a quick look. The guy arrived, it was a reflex to check who he was.
– Ok, so who was he?
– Just a random guy.
– Nice story, Billy.
– Will you shut up?! That’s obviously not the point of my story.
– Ha ha I’m just messing with you, Billy.
– So, as I was saying… I checked the other guy and I saw that he was a worker. You know, the proper worker. Just taking some cash out before going back to his construction site. And… and… I realized at that precise moment… that we were wearing the same thing. Continue reading
“Ok Ricky, your annual check-up is excellent. You’re in good shape, buddy. Ready to start secondary school.
– Thank you doctor.
– Keep practicing sport and keep eating what mummy and daddy prepare for dinner, and your check-up will be excellent again next year.
– Of course doctor. I am not going to give up basketball. For sure.
– That’s nice Ricky… Oh one more thing. I was about to forgot… Mummy wanted me to talk to you about something else. Have you ever heard about puberty, Ricky?
– Yes doctor.
– Good good. That will make it easier for me. So you know… a couple of stuff changes during puberty, right?
– I’m not too sure doctor.
– Nothing bad, Ricky! Only good stuff, but it’s better if you are aware of it.
– It’s better to know, doctor.
– Exactly, Ricky. So basically, you have to be aware that your body is going to change.
– Oh yes, I know.
– Good good. So you are going to grow hair everywhere on your body. Torso probably. Legs. And your private area, if you know what I mean.
– Oh ok. Continue reading
This gay wedding stuff is getting a bit crazy, thought Paul. All these demonstrations and arguments for such a small topic. We are not talking about unemployment, disease, war or environment for Christ’s sake! Paul had said to his wife, earlier this week.
Paul did not have any homosexual friends but he was of the opinion that two people could get married if they wanted to. And above all, he did not understand why he should give his opinion about somebody else’s private affairs.
“No random guy came and told me that I should not get married with my wife!” Paul was saying out loud to himself. And I’m pretty sure that nobody said so to my wife either.
“Mmm better check with my wife though. I can think of one or two of her friends who could have told her not to marry this piece of shit”. This thought made Paul laugh very hard.
Paul and his wife were quite open-minded on this topic (“But we cannot really know what would be our reaction if we had an case in our family”, Paul was used to saying) and he had always tried to raise his kids this way: keep an open mind and accept someone else’s differences. It was not always an easy position to adopt in this crazy world Continue reading