“This is Ryan. He’s big into sports.”
That’s how my dad, without fail, introduces my husband to his fellow Indian immigrant friends.
He’s right. Ryan does love sports. But that’s not all Dad’s conveying.
His deeper message, I think, is closer to this:
“Hey. Whoa. Be cool. Don’t jump to any conclusions. He may not be Indian. He may not live in the suburbs. But he is big into sports, just like us.”
That shared interest is their anchor, securing them to common ground and safely away from awkward silences.
If not for the cross-cultural appeal of the MLB/NBA/NFL, I’m not sure what Ryan and Dad—and Ryan and Dad’s friends—would talk about. I can imagine though:
Thank goodness for sports.
Rasika writes about being married and how that makes you act weird. Oh, wait, maybe that’s just her. Follow her on Twitter @rwelankiwar.
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