Monday, May 23, 2011

Why I Hate Marriage?


Gay doctor hides his sexuality from the family and pretends his lover is just a friend - while the mother nags him endlessly to be married.

Sound familiar? Déjà vu perhaps? That particular storyline could have taken a leaf from my book I swear! Eeriely enough, that familiar narrative runs in a serial Korean drama that has my mother hooked for the past few weeks. Yet the shockingly similar scenario in her own son's life doesn't seem to have rung any suspicious alarms in my usually savvy mother's head!

Life is Beautiful 인생은 아름다워 tells the story of an extended family who all live on a family compound in Jeju Island. Controversy erupts when the eldest son decides to come out of the closet after being hounded by his mother over his persistent state of bachelorhood.

Mother : You simply must watch this drama.
Paul : Well I suggested it.
Mother : There's a gay son who's a doctor!
Paul : I can already empathize.
Mother : And the mother desperately wants him to be married.
Paul : Kinda like you.
Mother : But he already has a boyfriend!
Paul : The similarities are uncanny.

I don't know how it could be any clearer. Maybe I could pick up Korean?

Prodigal
Paul : Shit. What just happened here?
Calvin : I have no damned idea.
Paul : Did I just come out only to have my mother ignore it?

Sometimes I don't understand my mother's Jedi mind-tricks playing does she or doesn't she know. Or is my mother heavily into denial? Then after that brief segue into gay doctors in domestic dramas, my wickedly sly mother immediately leaps onto her marriage soapbox.

Mother : Why do the men these days refuse to get married! Do you dislike marriage?
Paul : Dislike marriage? I am the biggest advocate of marriage this side of the Big Puddle!
Mother : So why aren't you looking around?
Paul : Maybe because I have been in a committed relationship for a few years already?
Mother : Oh wait, look the plane's boarding.
Paul : WTF.

Seriously. It was the closest I've come to an admission of homosexuality. If she'd stayed a moment longer, I might even have leapt out of the closet. Right in the lobby of the airport.

But then she spun off for immigration and customs. Denial much?

Maybe I should wave a rainbow banner instead.

11 comments:

ooi2009 said...

i bet ur hot in real life tooo

Le Chatelier said...

interesting conversation. I guess yr mom is no idiot lah. So obvious ald!!!

Life for Beginners said...

"Paul : Maybe because I have been in a committed relationship for a few years already?
Mother : Oh wait, look the plane's boarding."


Oh you gotta love those sudden segues... :P

savante said...

Hardly, ooi! If I were all that cute, I'd be a model!

That's what I think as well, le chatelier.

It was just very weird, life :) Had me confused for a while wondering whether I'd suffered some sort of amnesia.

P

Sam Nasser said...

Come, I'll help you wave the banner...

Ban said...

Haiz. We already told you, she knows! You're both beating around the bush about it.

Lucifer said...

hahahahaha...so funny lah. i watched a few episodes of the drama. but it turned out to be kinda boring although the gay couple is hot. haha.

Lucifer said...

hahahahaha...so funny lah. i watched a few episodes of the drama. but it turned out to be kinda boring although the gay couple is hot. haha.

Alex said...

She's in denial!!!!

john chen hui long said...

i can relate to this! LOL! there really is not reason for you to come out. mum, it seems, is living in blissful oblivion. and unless she's ready to hand over the vintage cheongsams and jewellery, why rattle the teacups. i miss you. :-)

kaka said...

i have my dilemma too... but instead of parents... most coming from straight friends... grrr....