According to Culture Shock: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette of Filipinos, when my husband says yes, he could also mean one of the following: a.) I don't know. b.) If you say so. c.) If it will please you. d.) I hope I have said yes unenthusiastically enough for you
The barista at the coffee shop is covered in tattoos. She says there are only two ways they hold her back. 1. She can’t work at Starbucks. 2. She can’t wear a corsage, since she’d just be way too busy, and this makes me laugh. She says no to gifts from prom dates—the wrist corsage, the pinned corsage; no to bridal bouquets, the get-well-soon carnations. One day soon her mother will insist on sympathy wreaths around her coffin, which is closed, lest she be confused with the flowers.