25 December 2007

A Ghost of Christmas Future

Trinh is opening her Christmas presents as I type. A few minutes ago she picked up a big box, and Bàbà asked "what's in there?" Trinh replied, "Oh, I know what's in here. It's a bra."

Brief silence. "Oh, really? Do you know what a bra is?"

"Yes. It's a shirt you wear to be sexy." (verbatim: "áo sexy")

Stunned silence. 14 years flashed before my eyes.

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