Not Lost in Translation

by Elaine Edwards

She said, “Your car will be safe with me, sir.”

But I think she meant:
As you see
I’m a seventy- something Caucasian female
weighing, at the most, 46 kilograms
so how could I possibly challenge
a determined thief?
But this is a job
that gives me some
dignity.

You said, “Thank you.”

But you really meant:
I will give you a decent tip when I get back.

And then you both smiled

(and that needs no translation).

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