Friday, October 29, 2010
Insert Foot Here
In the post Free Hug, I got all touchy feely about the Brazilian way of caring. What can I say, it seems I've adapted after 4 years down here.
But there is a little bit of a backlash to that adaptation. So let me ask you, what do you get when you take an ex-pat and evolve her into the Brazilian definition of caring?
Answer: A very inappropriate ex-Pat indeed!
The problem as an ex-Pat American is that I'm blunt. Combine that with the Brazilian openness and you got yourself some foot in the mouth conversations.
For example, it's not uncommon for your Mother-in-law to have mentioned to your husband's best friend that you have a bladder infection and then for him to ask you how that infection is going when you all meet up for beers. Totally socially acceptable.
Not acceptable is when I asked my husband's cousin why his wife hadn't come to the family lunch. He was elusive, which is not normal down here and that should have been my hint to shut up. Of course I missed it and persisted, to which he announced their separation. Ouch!
Of course there were no hard feelings. Got to love the forgive and forget attitude down here! Of course, I think our friends and family really all remember and just think, 'oh that Rachel, putting her foot in her mouth again.'
You know, as long as my awkwardness is openly accepted and we all have a laugh.