Mind your Language, Aunt is Reading

8 Mar

So here’s the downpoint of having your middle-aged cousins (with kids et all) on your Facebook account. They tend to pry. And copy things from your profile and send it to their mother.
Or maybe it’s not a downpoint after all?
So some years ago, my mom checked my computer-illiterate aunt’s email as a favour. The aunt never changed her password (she woudn’t know how to) so the now-jobless mother occasionally opens her email ID and goes through some interesting content there…

For instance, my cuz emailed me on facebook the other day saying “Heard you’re going to Br… watch your back!” as a subtle warning of the dangers that await me. I responded saying that I would, though there are usually many interns from Europe who visit all the time, so I’d get along. Implying that safety would be more of a concern to them, so they wouldn’t be visiting if it wasn’t safe.
She forwarded that email to her mother (my aunt) putting in that I’d mentioned that “there would be lots of goras there from Europe,” which made her wonder “what ideas we kids were growing up with” and “behaving as if we just came off the trees.”

I was rather shocked initially, but then amused in equal quantities.

Later, my cousin bro~ (aunt’s son) forwarded my “25 Random Things about me” note on facebook to my aunt. Her response was forwarded to me my mother yesterday. Having read it, my aunt wrote back wondering “how full I am of myself, at my age”, of how I find nothing that I dislike about myself. “Looks, inteligence, humorous… every quality he has” she added noting “how different” I was “from my ancestors” (which left me confused) and adding that my uncle was not like that till he had achieved something to boast about.

Mom and sister are furious over these exchanges. I’m bloody amused 😛

11 Responses to “Mind your Language, Aunt is Reading”

  1. D March 9, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    I’m glad you’re amused. I would be very very angry if I were you. Take my advice, disown this cousin of yours!

  2. unsungpsalm March 9, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Oh, I really have no reason to. She’s entitled to her own opinion on matters, and the only person she’s sharing it with is her own mother…

    Besides, at least on the outside, she’s very caring and doting… My aunt also likes to pamper us whenever she can…

    The relation is all good. This is just a look at what goes on behind the curtains, and is only for amusement 🙂

  3. Rambunctious WhipperSnapper March 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Wow .. Your family is a little too greek for my taste ….

    And another reason facebook has jumped the shark ……

  4. Rakesh March 9, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    Your mom reads someone else’s private emails???? And then forwards them to you???? That’s screwed up! I’d be mad at her in the first place.

  5. unsungpsalm March 10, 2009 at 9:17 am #

    *Rakesh
    Heehee, I’m glad she does.
    I do tell her that she’s nosey and all, but well, it served a purpose. We got to know what’s behind this facade they put up all the time, and we’re more in a position to protect ourselves… Not share too much with them, should they go back home and gossip their behinds off about it.

    So I’m not mad at her, really.
    Unfortunate, but true.

  6. Rakesh March 10, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    Its a convenient excuse to justify dishonesty.

  7. unsungpsalm March 10, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    🙂
    But at the same time, the excuse is justified.

  8. Rebel March 10, 2009 at 10:07 pm #

    you honestly are one piece!! you think reading someone else’s emails without him/her knowing is JUSTIFIED?
    but then, cos its you, i have no reason to be surprised..

  9. UnsungPsalm March 10, 2009 at 11:28 pm #

    If the reasons for doing so were what they actually are, I’d have to say yes…
    but then, cos its you, i have no reason to even attempt explaining..

  10. Rakesh March 11, 2009 at 2:13 am #

    Babe, dishonesty is dishonesty is not justified. If you want people to be fair to you, start by being fair to others. I’m far from perfect, but, I strive to get there … and its a daily struggle in the little things we do.

  11. UnsungPsalm March 11, 2009 at 7:34 am #

    Oh gah!
    I’m not going to ask my mom to stop protecting her far-too-naive family…
    It’s not a matter of dishonesty, Rakesh, but one of self-defense… and I told you why!

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