Recent Conversations with Ojichan
Him: "Your birthday's on the 28th? And mine is today? So, you a Taurus too?"
Him: [with a mischievous grin] "You know, they say Tarus is the best sign."
Me: "And the smartest."
Him: [cupping hand next to ear] "What's that?"
Me: [louder] "Taurus is the smartest sign too..."
chuckles from him and Obachan
Me: "...with the best sense of humor..."
[he clearly hasn't heard this last, but he continues to smile]
Me: "...And don't forget most handsome."
Him: [erupting] "Bwah haha ha ha ha!"
Handsome, he heard just fine.
Son: "Ojichan, I want to show you something."
Ojichan: [cupping hand next to ear] "What's that?"
Son: [louder] "I want to show you something. Come with me."
Ojichan: "I'm sorry, you'll have to say it louder. My ears aren't so good."
Son: [matter-of-factly and softly] "Well, maybe you should pop them off and get some new ones."
Ojichan: nearly falls of chair laughing (while I nearly die of mortification)
We keep urging Ojichan to get a hearing aid. But now I'm thinking: his ears are perfectly capable of picking up things that he finds truly funny. What an excellent kind of selective hearing. Who needs decibels when you have a built-in humor-filter?