Saturday, April 14, 2007

Things you don't want to hear

A comment from a colleague today, "Eh, Adele, you have really gained in the US." As in, gained weight. It's not considered rude in Africa to say something like that. It's more a compliment, as if to say, "It is clear that you didn't struggle for food..."

Fortunately I had decided prior to the comment already that I'll be watching what I eat. It's hard, though, when it's culturally offensive to decline food, even if it means you're having a second dinner.

1 comment:

  1. That's funny. Because here in my culture if u don't gain weight, it might mean that you are not happy in life and stuff like that. It is similar to my home culture Adele!