Thursday, December 13, 2012
This is my favourite time of year to be childless
Isn't it a wonderful picture? I found it on Facebook, on my cousin's page. What a brave girl she is, my cousin!
I had a tough day. I visited with my coworker some clients (=bringing them presents for Christmas / New Year). The last meeting that we had was with women few years younger as me. I have known her for almost a decade. Once I even met her little boy and her husband. We meet once or twice a year. We do business. We chat, but never anything really personal.
Anyway. Today, after we wished each other good wishes for a year to come, she asked me: "How about children?".
I was shocked about the question (since I thought she knew I didn't have any). I just answered, very politely: "I don't have any children." (=full stop).
(If her further question would be - why not? - I would answer that I tried and I couldn't have a child.)
But - her further comment was: "I know. It is high time you had one."
This comment REALLY made me angry. How dare she comment anything? I answered: "I have 10 dead children."
But she didn't give up. Her comment was: "Well, you are still young, you can still have one."
And I answered: "I am not young, I am 40."
Then I just quickly said goodbye and just left.
After few hours when my anger already got smaller, I got a kind SMS from a rude client:
"Carissima Klara, scusa per prima, sono stata senza cuore. Un bacio."
Translation: "Dearest Klara, sorry for before, I was without heart. Kiss."
Lovely apology, isn't it? Italians really do have a style!