you your cousin are is highfalutin if any one of these statements might have seeped from your his lips …
To your realtor:
‘No! A residence on South High Street is totally inappropriate for us. The granite counter-tops and stainless steel appliances are not a draw. I don’t care if it has a pure gold toilet. That side of town is not for my family.”
To your oldest son:
“I’m sorry. Cabinetry is not what I see in your future. Yes, I know you have finished Number One in your class and have won every state award for woodworking since you were in eighth grade. You don’t need to remind me you won at nationals the last two years. Your mother filled out that application for Harvard because that it what you are to do. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t write the formal essay. You’re not going to Harvard to be a writer.”
To your youngest daughter at her fifth grade graduation dance:
“Of course you can still be friends with him. We don’t judge people. But think of where you want to be in 10 years. Now think… Where do you think he will be? The friends you make now are the friends you will have when you’re planning for medical school. Is that what you really want?”
To your grocer:
“Yes, you told me that these chickens were organic and range fed. But do you think they were happy?”
To your wife’s doctor:
“What do you mean she might have tuberculosis? We’re not that type of family.”
But you’ll have to grant the poor guy one thing … He was consistent.
FYI: No particular person came to mind as I was addressing this prompt. You don’t have to believe me … It’s the truth.