Tuesday, March 4, 2008
How American Teenagers Show the love
... for their friends.
Yes, ladies and gentle-
men, a very popular teenager lives in this house. Do I know these people from Adam? No, but they live a few blocks away, and by the "festooned" yard, I can tell that yes, indeed, a very popular kid lives here. You see, in the USA, if your friends REALLY like you, and you're not around, and they have "nothing better to do" they TP ("toilet paper") your house. Parents don't get too mad, because by this sign of affection, they know their kid is popular in school.
I do not know how foreign exchange students take this, if they are so "honored" -- I expect it might be hard to explain the phenomenon to someone who lives in Outer Mongolia "honey, your classmates must really like you -- you have ARRIVED."
Maybe back when Jesus was a "yuth" friends would "decorate" with lamb entrails or the like, them not having toilet paper.
I could just see the Holy Family:
Joseph: That's the FIFTH time this month!!!!! Why are you so POPULAR?
Jesus: Heck if I know, of course I did change a few gallons of water into beer for the beer bust last week.
Joseph: BEER? Since when do you drink beer? Wine's not GOOD enough for your lot? Why can't you make something useful that your mother and I could drink, like wine? You know your mother doesn't like beer.
Jesus: That's a thought, I'll work on it.
Mary: Son, can you try some Chianti? You know I love that stuff.
Jesus: Wilco, mom, you know I'd do anything for you, being the perfect Son and following the law perfectly, and given I follow the 4th commandment, of course I'll make you wine whenever you want.
Mary: DO that...our family has a lot of weddings coming up, what with the cousins and all.
Jesus: Mom, anytime, and if I forget, you remind me, okay?
Mary: You betcha. I'll hold you to it!