“Trust but verify” – Ronald Reagan
I had my first visit to the doctor today due to a minor ear irritation. Since my Czech is still limited, I had to ask my husband to accompany me to the doctor. When we got there, I was glad to be assigned to a young doctor who spoke English. He was very good. He explained everything to me. As we were heading back home, I told my husband about the whole check-up episode. In the examination room, he had an instrument where he can project my ear on the screen. During the whole process of explaining what he found, a short phrase caught my attention. He told me: “You have to believe me. That gray matter you see on the screen is your eardrum…” I thought that was rather funny. I never doubted him. I told my husband that maybe it was just one of those lost-in-translation stories. But then he told me that perhaps the doctor was serious.
Then I remembered a story he once told me about a friend of his. This friend was sitting in the living room watching TV when his wife’s grandmother came in. The grandma exclaimed: “Oh, so you understand Chinese?” To which he replied: “No, this is English grandma.” With a quizzical look on her face, she went on to say: “hmmm…. I better ask someone.”