Nasa office kitchen ako when this (kinda snobbish) woman talked to me. Di naman sa nanghuhusga tayo ah pero snobbish lang s'ya kasi dati di namamansin kahit hanggang tenga ang smile ko pag nagkikita kami...kitchen kasi, so masaya ako sa break ko. ahehe. Di naman sa high ako or anything.
Moving on, so nilagay ko sa microwave ang aking lunch. I usually nuke my lunch for 1 minute on High para initin. She talked first. Small talk muna. Weather, check. Food, check. Family, check. Cute este mabait daw ako, check. ahehe.
Ang kakaiba, out of the blue tinanong n'ya ako kung kasal na ako. I was held back. . I mean she wasn't hitting on me or anything (feelingero, ano!) - she's older than my mum, hanep naman pero still that's crossing a line. We weren't close. Oh what I forgot to mention is she's Italian (I learned later) and maybe she was just curious. I heard that Italians can be a little bit forward - especially their men, asking any moving object, out for a date. ahehe. She said that they (Italians) usually marry early. She jest/said that if you're Italian, single and 20 - It's a problem. I'm betting my arse off that's an exaggeration - pero that's beside the point. I'm way past 20 and I don't think it's a big deal. May nagaasawa nga 40's or later. You get married when you get married. Plain. Simple. Some don't even get married. Co-habitation (live-in) it's not as big of a deal as most people think.
So began one of the most awkward minute in the kitchen. Sinasagot ko naman tanong n'ya di ako snob ah. Pero yung inaasahan kong kalahating oras ng quiet lunch eh naging showbiz linggo. Mukhang nagpepreach kasi si manang eh. It wasn't offensive pero I shouldn't have to explain myself. So what if I'm not married yet? So what if mas malaki ang percentage ng tax na binabayaran ko. I'm happy naman, ah. Di ba PNoy?! bwahaha.
I said, I don't really see the reason why people marry early. She seemed satisfied with this. She said she married at 16 or 19, Is that even possible? legal? - bolahan na lang ata 'to, naisip ko. She added that she's divorced from her husband. kitams. She added that her ex-husband hitched a younger...pinay. Awkward.
Hay, I went to the other room after that. As I ate my lunch in peace, I thought...nasa phase na ba ako na tatanungin na ako ng mga tao, 'Why aren't you married yet?'