I visited a cousin of mine recently, so I thought I ought to take her a present. What better gift, I thought, than the spread illustrated below?
After all, it is, to say the least, unusual, and I was pretty sure that she would not have come across it before. And I also thought it would be a bit of a laugh.
“Oh wow!”, she exclaimed when she opened the wrapping. “My favourite!”
“Eh?”, I said. “You mean you’ve come across this stuff before?”
“Well, the stuff, but not called that.”
“It’s not really… well, that, you know. It’s lemon curd.”
“Yeah, I know”, she said. “I gotta show my family this!”
And then she proceeded to take a photo of it on her phone, and send it to her husband and kids.
I was disappointed that she didn’t express complete disgust. But I have to say I held a sneaking admiration for her unflappability.
It reminded me of a comment reported by a review of “Oh! Calcutta!”, a play designed to shock audiences with full-frontal nudity. Apparently, one teenager, emerging from the theatre, commented to his friend,
“I think my parents would like it.”
If he was correct, then that is unflappability!