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Who’s Prejudiced Now?

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Photo courtesy of Microsoft Office

We have a really great mechanic. He is hard-working, generous, kind, and honest. All good qualities in a mechanic. He also knows when there is someone else who ought to deal with a particular problem. Another good quality.

It turns out that the awful noise I heard was a dead transmission. The AAA guy towed it to our mechanic, who very wisely advised us to have it towed to the dealer for a few diagnostic tests. Needless to say, the Frumettes and I spent quite a lot of time at Mr. Nguyen’s garage yesterday afternoon.

As we drove away, I put down my window and yelled a valediction in Mr. Nguyen’s direction.

“They all look alike to me. How can you tell them apart, Mama?”

Um…what did she just say?

“No, really, Mama. They all look the same.”

“POPPYSEED PRINCESS FRUMMIE!” I exclaimed, “how could you say such a terrible thing? Would it be OK if someone looked at a bunch of Jews and said, ‘hey, I can’t tell them apart; all those Jews just look the same to me.’ Or what about if a black person looked at a bunch of white people and said, ‘you know, I can’t tell one from the other.’ Would that be OK?”

“Ma-MA, I mean because they are all wearing the same uniform.”


“Hey Poppyseed, any other reason that you think that they all look alike?”
“Of course.”

A-ha. Here it comes…

“They’re all guys.”

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, 4 May 2011 7:22 am

    🙂 Reminds me of a story I heard where a kindergardener boy asked his mom how he was different from Kim, who was a girl in his class. After stuttering through the birds and bees talk, the kid said, “Okay, but what does being Chinese mean?”

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 5 May 2011 9:21 pm

      Or the one about the kid who begs, “where do I come from?” and after the parent fumphers around with an explanation of the birds and the bees, the kid says “no, I mean Jake was born in Omaha. Where do I come from?”

  2. Wednesday, 4 May 2011 11:40 am

    That Poppyseed is a wise woman…kudos to her! =)

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 5 May 2011 9:22 pm

      Yes. Yes, she is.

  3. Wednesday, 4 May 2011 1:01 pm

    Hilarious. Just goes to show, you never know what is going on in their little brains…it’s not usually what we think it is!!!! 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 5 May 2011 9:22 pm

      Nope. Rarely is.

  4. Meira permalink
    Wednesday, 4 May 2011 1:29 pm

    A while back, I was trying to test the waters to see if E was ready to talk about differences, race, etc. I asked her about two teachers, B, who is caucasian, and N, who is African-American. I asked her which one looked most like her. E thought for a split second and said, N, because she has red hair. I was confused until I dropped her off the next day and noticed that N had dyed her hair—red! 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 5 May 2011 9:23 pm

      Just fascinating what our kids see. And what we don’t. 🙂

  5. Deborah the Closet Monster permalink
    Wednesday, 4 May 2011 3:52 pm

    Priceless! I had to share this with my officemate, who also laughed heartily for several seconds.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 5 May 2011 9:24 pm

      Glad to have provided some levity in your day.

  6. Wednesday, 4 May 2011 3:57 pm

    LOL! Priceless! .. all guys 🙂

    And this is a BEAUTIFUL new page! Love it!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 5 May 2011 9:24 pm

      I know. Stopped me in my tracks.


  7. Sunday, 15 May 2011 10:39 am

    I love the simplicity that children think with… if only we all thought that way 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!!

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