Callaghan was outraged when he read our friend Nick’s FB post the other night. I could tell that something was wrong, because I could see him fuming as he stared at his phone.
He yelled, “Did you see what Nick posted on FB? THIS is what happens when you try to be nice to people now!!!”
Thinking back, I remembered that Nick had posted a joke about Frosty the Snowman earlier in the day.
Before I could say anything, Callaghan ranted: “Seriously! WHAT is wrong with people?!!”
I struggled to hold back a snort. “Uh… Baby, no… read the whole post.”
“I AM reading the post!!!”
I try not to laugh when his English as a Second Language gets in the way of his understanding, or being understood. In this case, though, his lack of understanding came not from a language barrier, but from a cultural one. Callaghan wasn’t familiar with “Frosty the Snowman.”
“It’s ridiculous what this guy did,” he said with great indignation. “HE PEED ON NICK’S FLOOR!!!”
I lost it. “Baby. It’s a joke. The ‘guy’ is a snowman.”
“What?” He stared at the spectacle of me cracking up while he sat on the couch seething with fury on Nick’s behalf.
“Yes, the ‘guy’ they brought in was a snowman!”
He read the post again. “Oh. He was NAKED except for a scarf. I get it now.”
When I stopped laughing, I reassured him. He didn’t get the joke because he was never a child in America, I said. I quoted the pertinent “Frosty the Snowman” lyrics:
Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul/With a corncob pipe and a button nose/And two eyes made out of coal
Thus, Callaghan learned another little piece of Americana.
Here’s the joke in question:
Yesterday it was so cold out that we took a man into our home out of the kindness of our hearts. We felt so sorry for him. Poor thing was trembling out in the cold. But this morning he had just vanished. Not a word … Not even a goodbye or a thank you for sheltering him !!!
The last straw ?!?! When I realized he had peed all over the living room floor !!! That’s the thanks I get for being good to people ?!?!?!
Now I’m going to warn my friends to watch out for this man !!! He is heavy set & wearing nothing but a scarf. He also has a corn cob pipe, a button nose & 2 eyes made out of coal !!! Don’t bring him into your house !!! What a huge mess he made on the floor !!!
One thing about the holidays: they can make it extra fun to be with a European who came to the States as an adult.