One of my friends has a daughter who has just graduated from high school, and who is now enjoying the break before she heads to college later this year.
Days of continuous study have suddenly been replaced by lots of time to spend with friends and family.
A few days ago, my friend’s daughter told her mom that she was planning a ‘Marathon session of Movie watching’ with her friends. Her mom was preoccupied and only heard the marathon part and the friends part.
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She was very happy that her daughter and friends were going to run long distance. Their conversation went something like this!
Mom: Wow, that’s so cool. So when are you planning to do it?
Mom: So soon? Are you ready?
Daughter: Of course, Ma. Need to stock up.
Mom: Yes, what do you need?
Daughter: Potato wafers, Nachos and cream, Coke, Fruit Juice and maybe some brownies.
Mom (looking dazed): But doesn’t that take away the whole purpose of your marathon?
Daughter (looking puzzled) : But we are going to be up all night, so we need to charge our batteries Ma.
Mom : I think you should buy isotonic drinks, bananas and other fruits.
Daughter (looks shocked) : Amma, my friends will never ‘ever’ come to our home for a Movie Marathon if I serve what you just suggested.
Mom (with realization dawning) : Movie marathon? I thought you were going to run one.
Both burst out laughing.
Truly a ‘marathon misunderstanding’!