For extroverts, the world makes sense only when processed verbally. More often than not, this leads to awkward comments, feet stuck in mouths and, sometimes, hilarity. Today was a pleasant combination of all three.
Vasudha, Varun’s sister, has been visiting with us the past week and we’ve had a great time baking, eating Indian food and extending our Christmas holidays as long as possible. Today we were discussing S, the young girl who works in their parents household in India. S is sweet, hard-working and very loyal to the family. Somehow, it came up that she is illiterate.
Me: Wow, I can’t imagine not being able to read. That would be scary. Can’t people trick her when she goes to buy the groceries and stuff?
Vasudha: Yeah… But she brings home the bill and my Mom reviews it, and not everyone is deceitful. We signed her up for a math and Hindi class, but it’s really hard for her to learn as an adult.
Me: No math? Jeepers. I can’t imagine not being able to calculate. I hadn’t thought about that.
Me: Wait. If she can’t read…she can’t use the computer or even facebook then!
Vasudha: (LAUGHTER) You’re like the Queen who heard the people didn’t have bread and suggested they eat cake.
(GASP!) (So. True.) (Sorta)
*Before you judge me, allow me to say that I am not as dumb as I sound. I am actually concerned about literacy and education, and would hate to be seriously compared to Marie Antoinette. (It was hilarious though)