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Saturday Talk Show

Saturday Talk Show

Issue 62 November 2009

But what’s the point? It’s just going to be another failure and I hate imposing on people like that. Please cancel,” I pleaded with my mother. Yet again, she had organised for me to meet a ‘potential’ at a family friend’s house. I love how parents actually think that’s common ground – a friend’s house – like sitting in a crowded room, trying to instigate a conversation with your (potential) future wife with your third cousin, once removed and your doctor’s brother’s wife who knows your mother from the surgery surrounding you is common ground! “Anyway, she’s so young. Is she sure she’s ready to get married at 22? I really think we should reconsider.”

Needless to say, my protests fell on deaf ears and I found myself sitting in a small front room (third cousin and doctor’s brother’s wife in tow) with a cup of tea and the infamous oreos on MY Saturday afternoon. Sitting directly opposite me, was Farah; the 22 year old, Business-graduate potential. Despite the fact that I had been in this position about twelve times in the past two years, I hadn’t quite managed to conquer all the nervous throat-clearing, foot-tapping and unnecessary sniffling. My mother shot me a glaring look across the room and all my nervous habits were guillotined in one, clean swipe...


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