As I was dashing into the supermarket a few hours back there was a little exchange that made me slow down and think to myself: This is one of the things I love most about Ireland and Irish people.
A woman in her 40s or so called across the car park to a man in his 70s, I’d say, who was just leaving with his bag of groceries:
Hello Tom, how are you?
Marian, good to see you. Grand thanks and you?
As she came a little closer, Marian spoke again to the man:
Oh sorry, I was mixing you up with your son.
And his retort:
Sure I’m much younger looking than him!
Yes, it’s these little things ~ the way people come back so fluently with answers that you associate with the likes of Oscar Wilde or Brendan Behan.