Her mom set her up
with one of her old friend’s son
“He’ll give you a call and you two can just talk”.
This was matchmaking done in the typical
way of her culture.
An update from looking through a box of black and white pictures.
(that was for the guy to do though,
like looking through a catalog for a “wife”).
She agreed to a phone chat
(but she really didn’t want to)
it’s not like she was desperate for marriage
much less pushing a baby carriage.
But oh well. It’s just a phone call.
The phone chat was brief.
They introduced themselves
name and job description
Then into the works of the stilted conversation
the young lady asks:
“What’s your dream?’
“What do you really want to do?”
“What did you want to be when you were a little boy?
On the other side, there was a brief silence
He could only answer about his current profession;
it was a good paying job in the technology field
working in a corporation
known throughout the nation
correction: known globally.
Then silence from him on the other end of the line.
Well, sir, thank you for your time, she thought,
and parted courteously from the phone.
She looked at her mom and firmly shook her head NO.
NO more matchmaking attempts.
NO more phone conversations.