At a dinner with fellow expatriates, I was seated next to a beautiful woman from San Francisco. I moved out of the bay area in 2006, but the bay area has not moved out of my life. Everywhere, I meet people from the bay area. If you think this is exaggeration, imagine my astonishment on finding a waiter who has moved to Paris from the bay area.
Normally, I end up giving recommendations on the best Indian restaurants whenever I meet fellow expatriates from a different country. In return, I ask their recommendations for the best places to eat their kind of food. But in this case, I was thrown off-track by her recommendations. She pointed out the best places to have Indian food and also Indian sweets. A brief Q & A later, I learnt she had spent one and a half years in India and hence the knowledge of what is best.
Since we are both married, our conversation turned to family soon.
She: Do you have kids?
Me: Yes, a daughter. 5 years old.
She: A monster?
Me: No no no. She is a very good kid. *Sensing it is my turn* So, do you have kids?
She: *without hesitation* I have a cat. *raises her eyebrow*
Me: You plan to keep it when you have a baby? I hear a lot of people give away their pets when they have kids.
She: Well, I’m not sure if I want to have a kid.
Me: *encouraging* It is exciting to raise a child.
She: *with a raised eyebrow and a big smile* What do you know? Your wife is taking care of the kid and you are miles away!
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