Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Conversations With My Mom: On Prudishness

Mom: I just heard the neighbors fighting, and the man said “f***” to his wife.
Me: Yeah, he does that all the time.
Mom: And it didn’t just slip out. He said “f***” over and over.
Me: Yeah. Well.
Mom: That’s such a powerful word. “F***”.
Me: Mom, please stop saying it.
Mom: What? “F***”?
Me: Yes. That.
Mom: Why? What’s wrong with it?
Me: It’s just weird to hear my mother saying it, that’s all.
Mom: But I didn’t say f***. I said “f***”….within quotes.
Me: But when you say it, I don’t see the quotes, I just hear the word. [pause] This is getting surreal.
Mom: Okay, I won’t say the word. [pause, then smiling mischievously] I just wanted to make sure your mama didn’t raise no prude.
Me: No, she didn’t.
Mom: I hope she didn’t.
Me: She really didn’t.
Mom: I really hope she didn’t.
Me: No, she really f***ing didn’t.
Mom: GIRISH! How dare you—
Me: MOM! Stop! Can we please go back to being plain old mother and son again? Thank you.


Blogger Brian said...

I was raised in a profanity-free household and can't imagine either me or my mom saying that word in each others' presence. But for some reason lately I've been trying to add a little more foul language to my daily vocabulary. It's hard to remember to do it after 32 years of clean speakin'.

October 05, 2005 6:13 AM  
Blogger girish said...

"I was raised in a profanity-free household..." It's funny, Brian, so was I. But somewhere along the way, the relationship dynamic with my mom took a bizarro turn--we became "pals". Which is cool, but can occasionally get a little confusing...

October 05, 2005 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Consider this: some movies I saw with my mother - Midnight Cowboy (and she got me out of high school for a critics' screening), Swann in Love, and Taxi Driver. And because of my familiarity with his films, I sat in with her when she interviewed Russ Meyer for The Denver Post!

October 05, 2005 7:31 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Sounds like a riot, Peter. If you still have that Russ Meyer interview, you should post it on your blog!

October 05, 2005 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Peter Nellhaus said...

Sorry, no copy of the interview. I searched The Denver Post online with no success.

October 05, 2005 10:37 AM  
Blogger phil said...

f___ing brilliant post, girish.

really, though. :)

i love it when you can make me laugh out loud in a roomful of strangers.

October 05, 2005 11:02 AM  
Blogger HarryTuttle said...

These scenettes are so brilliant, I suspect you to invent them... ;)
Actually you should consider putting them into film à la Jarmusch's "Coffee & Cigarettes"! It would be priceless. Serious.

October 05, 2005 11:03 AM  
Blogger phil said...

oh yeah, and i love the accompanying graphic. love your artwork, as always. has an iconic, emblematic quality. keep it up.

October 05, 2005 11:04 AM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

That word balloon has saw blades on it. I guess that means I sawed my room into bits last night when software and hard troubles met up in a diabolic plan.

October 05, 2005 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Darren said...

I'm crying, I'm laughing so hard.

October 05, 2005 11:43 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, fellas. You're all too kind.

October 05, 2005 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Oh, man, that made my morning.

(By the way, I was also raised in a profanity-free home. Damn it.)

October 05, 2005 12:38 PM  
Blogger Sachin G. said...

Ah, profanity and parents. Always a touchy topic. I still remember the first time I uttered the F word in front of my mother. I was in Grade 8. She was shocked, and wondered where I learned that from? Ofcourse this was well before the Internet and Rap Videos, so one didn't encounter the words as frequently as now. It was also before the modern age of cool gangster movies had started and at that point I never used to watch tv or movies anyhow...but that didn't mean other kids in my school didn't watch tv :)
And amazingly I have managed to keep a lid on that F word in front of my parents ever since that. I think out of respect more than anything. Not like I don't use the word :)

October 05, 2005 2:31 PM  
Blogger girish said...

OMG, this had me rolling on the floor: Harriet Miers' blog. [start reading at the bottom]. (via Joshua).

October 06, 2005 7:00 AM  
Blogger Joshua said...

I'm glad that this conversation about your conversation with your mom suddenly becomes an ode to the wonders of Harriet's blog.

October 06, 2005 4:16 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Joshua, her blog is awesome. I especially like this post because the commenters actually think they are on Harriet Miers' blog! LOL.

October 06, 2005 4:53 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Or maybe we're made to think that. Either way, it's fiendish.

October 06, 2005 5:27 PM  
Blogger Joshua said...

I know, that was one witty person who deconstructed her entire post and then had to come back for "one more thing." Bush maybe should have considered that commenter for the post.

October 07, 2005 2:42 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

the perfidy of it all (I love learning new words)

October 07, 2005 8:34 AM  
Blogger Tuwa said...

That blog is some wicked, wonderful work. Great for a laugh.

October 07, 2005 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Roberto said...

This is brilliant, Girish! I agree with Harry, you should make a compilation of these, you'll have a book before you notice.

And i think your mom's right, f___ isn't something a growing boy should be saying :)

Out of curiosity, does she read these posts in your blog?

October 07, 2005 11:04 AM  
Blogger girish said...

Roberto, I stole a look at her reading this last night. She giggled; I sighed with relief.

October 07, 2005 11:30 AM  

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