Y'know that awkward moment when you're watching a perfectly normal movie that suddenly seems to turn into a porno when one of your parent's walk in? I get that alot. And it's not limited to parents only and generally includes little cousins, aunts, uncles and everyone else in the entire world that can, and will make you feel uncomfortable in such situations.
And forget trying to change the channel because in that moment you'll find that the remote plays dead. In fact you'll wonder if it ever worked, even if it's a brand new TV. If it's a DVD that you're watching, never ever press the fast-forward button. Trust me. Because it just magnifies whatever's on the screen and it looks at least a hundred times more graphic than it really is. The best thing you can do is to get up and walk away. You’re suddenly very thirsty and need to get a drink from the fridge.
South African's by nature are much more conservative than other more liberal Christian countries; however this is slowly changing with the times. I've noticed that there are things that younger generations can get away with that were unfathomable to us. For instance, like telling graphic jokes in front of their parents. While I'm not old (well 29 is old to some but fuck them) I would rather dig out my own cochleas and donate them to some underprivileged deaf kids than be in that group. It makes me uncomfortable.
I grew up with something called boundaries y'know. And in a world where boundaries are increasingly irrelevant or cease to exist, there is a new level of disrespect unfounded in previous generations. Even cavemen drew the line somewhere. The social consequences of respect and the lack thereof can never be underestimated. People want answers to the degradation of morals, values, ethics in society and that conscientiousness that is essential to maintain the world’s sanity, I say look no further.
But sometimes the jokes are so funny. In such instances, I hide my face and snigger contentedly. I find that as I get older, my parents are less inhibited with me. Maybe they’ve accepted me as an adult and therefore treat me as such or maybe they’ve always been un-inhibited and just hid it very well.
In any case, it would seem that tact diminishes with age and maybe that’s why Mother has no problem telling my sister’s friend that she looks like her dog (meaning that her dog resembles her the way most dogs and their owners begin to resemble each other after years together) and my father can tell me that he was fucked in the arse (meaning his partner figuratively screwed him over in a business deal). I can literally laugh at my parents for days on end – but they can become very embarrassing. And that is why I’ll always think thrice about introducing either of them to a potential partner. That’s life I suppose.
Here’s a “chin-up” email I received from Mother. Laugh she says, because if you worry you’ll die. And if you don’t worry, you’ll still die. So why worry :)