Sunday, October 08, 2006

Typical American girl

A funny thing happened at last weekend's camp with the South Asian congregation, that I thought I would post on the blog, and give some of you a laugh. First you have to have two pieces of background information:

First, as you may know Indian culture has different standards of modesty and propriety than US culture, and baring your legs, even wearing a dress where your knees on down are showing, is considered immodest, especially by the older generation.

Second, our precious daughter Lily hates to be covered up when she lies down to sleep. If we put a blanket or something over her, she always flails her legs like she is performing Riverdance, and kicks it right off.

OK, so, last week we were at the Indian church camp in Big Bear. We were above 7,000 feet elevation, and it was cold at night, and we wrapped Lily up in a blanket to keep her warm, but by morning, sure enough, she had kicked it off and her skin was COLD even inside of her sleeper bodysuit. No harm done, Lily was fine. That morning Mini was telling one of the older Indian “aunties” at the retreat about how Lily had kicked off her blanket, the reason being that Lily doesn’t like to have her legs covered up. Without a moment’s hesitation, and as far as we can tell in complete seriousness, this Indian auntie says, “Typical American girl!” Mini and I laughed and laughed at the suggestion of Lily's lack of modesty, at less than four months old (!), as if she were posing for an unsavory magazine or something. It was hilarious!


Wordcat said...

pretty funny!

Page15Mark said...

Be careful, Dave. Baring your legs is a gateway act. In typical Americans it leads to dancing, excessive caffeine consumption, and general desire for overstimulation.