19 October 2007

Life & Work, Actually

Huong's parents are headed to Hawaii tomorrow for a couple weeks, so today after their nap, Huong & Trinhity called to see if the 'rents would like to go out to eat tonight.  No, they're going to stay home and finish some leftovers.  Huong hung up and went into the kitchen.

A couple minutes later, she heard her father's voice.  Trinh had managed to call them back, put them on speakerphone, and was earnestly inviting them out to dinner.  "Ông Bà đi nhà hàng với Trinh!"  Then BàBà got on the phone and asked Trinh, "Trinh có tiền, không?"  (do you have money?).  Trinh said, "Không." (No).  Then BàBà told her that she'd have to go to work to get money so that she could pay for dinner.

Trinh burst into tears.  You see, Trinh knows all about going to work.  Daddy has made it abundantly clear that when he goes to work, he misses her terribly.  Mommy & Trinh miss Daddy when he's at work.  Work is quite obviously a very, very bad thing.  It means that you have to be all alone away from the people you love.  She found this devastating.

Huong, struck with that peculiar mix of sympathy and bemusement that I believe to be in the exclusive domain of parents, finally soothed her by promising that she can have all of our money.  Oh, great....I see where this is going.

In other news, Trinh's word of the day has been "actually".  We believe that she got this one from Daddy.  She's been saying things like, "I'm going to do [this]....no, actually, I'm going to do [that]."  We're actually very pleased.  If she's exceptionally articulate, maybe someday she'll actually be able to make her own money.

1 comment:

persephone said...

So did Ong and Baba agree to go eat with Trinh?