Saturday, April 15, 2006

Vitrioling (The Last Time, I Promise)

Look what came by post!

A question my husband was often asked--is actually still asked, but now much less frequently--was, "Tu l'as ramené ici?" Did you bring her over here, they'd demand of him, about me, as if I were some souvenir from the tropics, a kitschy pair of mega-sized wooden fork and spoon for hanging in the dining room perhaps, or maybe something vulgar, like a barrel man.

Pierre's usual response would begin with a joke. "No, I'm so hot she came chasing after me." Then he'd start it, sometimes subtly, sometimes more upfront, depending on his mood, different ways of saying, she got her own visa, bought all her own plane tickets, before the wedding spent her summers vacationing here on her own money. This is not a marriage of convenience. I'm not my wife's financial savior, you see.

I appreciated his efforts, really, but one time I'd had enough of feeling like my entire curriculum vitae had to be dug out of the filing cabinet and presented as proof of my acceptability. So I snapped.

"Yep, brought me over, he did," said I to one lady. "At the supermarket, he purchased an extra-large cardboard box and a roll of sticky tape. He packed me in there really tight with some bubble wrap. It could have been a rough ride in the plane's cargo hold, but Pierre was really considerate. He remembered to punch air holes. Also to mark my brown box 'Fragile' and 'This Side Up.'"

7 comments:

Kiko said...

Kaloka!

Makis said...

I sure do hope you won't explode down there & scream their heads off :) Your little town is truly particular but you're the shining jewel so damn them all!

Makis said...

Oh, btw, I like your dress! Is it piña?

tommpouce said...

I've used variations on that one a few times too, but my situation never was as hard to live with as yours is :p
But that picture in your post, it just looks so nice. I love its simplicity, its exuberant casualness, and its sheer dynamism. Great pic for a great moment I guess

apol said...

Yep, TOM, I do like my wedding photos. My sister loves taking pictures, and is good at it too. I MAKIS, it's pina, hand-embroidered in Laguna. I thought it would be nice to have things from home incorporated in my wedding. My jewelry was filigree silver handcrafted in Baguio. The artisans back home can really do a terrific job! KIKO, kaloka talaga. But, EVERYONE, I've gotten it out of my system, okay na ko, I'll just concentrate on being happy, I swear :)

mardigras said...

im glad youre doing ok. sayang di tayo nag meet! hopefully in the future. and yes, lets all concentrate on being bongzhee!

mcsister said...

Apol dear, you look beautiful. And your expression - priceless! I'm glad you're happy. But anytime you're not, call me!