Conversations with YJ: Granddad おじいさんと話したら・・・
YJ’s family isn’t your stereotypical, traditional Japanese family. They aren’t that “out there” either, but manage to strike a balance between “weirder than most” and “not as weird as what blogger Crazy Chinese Family has to deal with“. I love them dearly, but they surprise me, often. Most of all though, I like YJ’s granddad. He’s a very sweet, unassuming gentleman, who grew up witnessing American soldiers help rebuild Tokyo (he was about 13 when the war ended) and since then loved everything about the USAーeven though he’s never been there. He almost reminds me of the uncle in the TV series Welcome to Sweden in that respect.
夫の家族は日本の典型的な家族ではない。おかしいと言えないけど、普通の家族よりちょっと変わっているかな？一番面白いのはYJのおじいさん。優しいジェントルマンで、昔からアメリカが好きそうだ。ちょっとアメリカ好きのところに「Welcome to Sweden」のドラマのおじさんに似てるところがある。。。
Anyway, YJ’s granddad is very sweet and loves to drink, and to talk. He’s not quite as good at listening… ^^;
So even though this is “conversations with YJ”, his granddad’s quips are just too good to miss! Case in point:
YJ and I met up with him in October, a few days before we were going to the ward office to sign our marriage papers. Everyone in YJ’s family knew we had decided a date… Everyone except granddad. Either they had told him and he didn’t register it, or they simply forgot to tell him. Knowing YJ’s family, the latter doesn’t seem unlikely. Then again, neither does the former:
YJ: Granddad, Ri and I are getting married this week!
Granddad: Oh, really? So anyway, as I was saying, Mr. A is coming by later…
YJ: .….Umm. Granddad, so about our marriage…?
Granddad: I’m listening. You’ve been talking about it for a while, right?
YJ: Well, uhh…yes… but.
Granddad: So anyway, as I was saying, I have to leave around three pm, because I have another appointment.
Later on, as we were having coffee:
YJ: Oh, by the way, it’s my birthday today!
Granddad: I see.
Granddad: Well, congratulations. I don’t have anything for you though, I didn’t know.
YJ: Thanks… I wasn’t expecting anything, just letting you know!
(At this point I was almost in tears trying to repress my laughter. Incidentally, granddad looks like a giant teddy bear.)
YJ’s granddad is hilariousーsometimes intentionally, sometimes not. He’s a very sweet old man though, and he and YJ are very close. Here’s hoping he’ll be around for a long time to contribute some more funny episodes. (I actually have one on the back burnerーrelated to a memorial ceremony we attended… ^^;)
Do you have any quirky extended family members or in-laws? What are they like?