Even in marriages that are 30+ years old, little moments of surprise can pop out of nowhere in a conversation.
As background, I am married to a French-Canadian who didn’t really learn English until his mid-20s.
As further background, the french word for “seal” is phoque. It is pronounced “fuck”. I’m not joking.
Let’s just say that the years before my sons could properly differentiate between french and english words were interesting when the outing involved marine mammals.
Meanwhile, back to my story, Gilles and I were enjoying this gorgeous Friday evening sitting outside with an adult beverage when he made the random comment that as a young teenager, he thought English people were really weird.
“I mean, it was always Fuck This and Fuck That and I thought – what’s with all the seals?”
… I nearly spewed my drink all over him …