After living with a set of people for more than two years, you would think you know most of the stuff. Family issues, personal issues, who cheated whom, the love affairs, the high/low grades of the kids..you get the idea. Now I was under the same impression that I know almost everything about the family.
When I saw Zack chuckling madly at a comedy scene on the telly while having dinner, I was expecting him to choke on his food, he was laughing so hard! Suddenly FIL and MIL joined as a chorus, while I was the only one having an incredulous look on my face. I paid a little more attention to what the telly was speaking against the downpour of laughiccups ( laughter + hiccups) I felt lost. One actor was speaking in Malayalam.
When the chortles had died down, I asked in general, “All of you understand Malayalam is it”
MIL : “Oh yeah, we may not be able to speak, but we do get it.”
Me: “But where and when did you learn”
MIL: “It’s so similar to Tamil, that’s why”
Me (in my mind) :Eh, even I speak Tamil, but I have never been able to understand if someone speaks to me. Some environmental effect I guess.
Zack was still not finished with his laughter, while I sat flummoxed as to how I never knew this family secret.