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?
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.