Anyway it was a bit of a trip of a lifetime for some of them and they still bring it up every now and again. You know 'remember in Australia when....' or 'oooh this chocolate tastes just like the one we had on the ferry remember? You know? When Mrs. S talked to the young man and his son? Before Mrs N tried to order a coffee and got a milkshake? hahaha!'
So I'm used to being asked to remember minutiae about the trip at a moment's notice but I have to admit even I was taken aback with the latest Australia talk.
I walked into class and Mrs Y pounced:
Heather-teacher? (losing the suffix is a lifelong dream...)
How's your uncle?
Yes. We met him in Australia?
Ahhh, My Uncle N? My mum's little brother?
Hmmmm? N? ..... We went out to dinner with him? At the place you used to work? And we ordered garlic bread? And we tried the red wine? I ordered 'house red, please'?
Ummm.... Ahh! My Uncle I! My mum's older brother.
(My mum has five brothers, we ate out most days and I was rather too distracted with a 4 year old and a 2 year old to be focussing on what wine they drank when so really I think I can be forgiven for not getting this quicker.)
How is he?
Umm. Fine I think. Why?
Is he married?
Yes. (and so are you??)
Ohh (giggle) I wanted to introduce him to my sister. (giggle.)
I'm not sure if my Uncle should feel pleased he made such a positive (and long lasting) impression or insulted that someone would feel he'd need an overseas introduction.
And just to really make this whole situation more bizarre- the sister in question lives in Korea. So if Mrs. Y and I did decide to go into the cupid business it would be a tri-national, tri-lingual long distance love affair.
The mind boggles.