Last week I was talking to Mama about something and then out of the blue, in order to make her point, she quoted Stalin.
“Are you seriously quoting Stalin?” I asked her.
“I am,” Mama said. And then she explained that it was because on this particular issue he had a point, not that she was a fan of his or anything. Mama really disapproves of genocide and tried to instill the anti-genocide values in me as well.
I thought that it would make a good post. And then I promptly forgot what the quote was.
So I called Mama.
On her cell phone.
If you ever want to call my Mama on her cell phone, I recommend that you beat your head against the wall instead. Because she never picks up. Ever. And she hasn’t set her voice mail yet. Admittedly, she’s only had a cell phone for one decade, so fools rush in where angels fear to tread and all that. (That’s not the Stalin quote, by the way.)
After a few minutes, Papa called me back.
“You called?” he said.
“I did. But I called Mama because I have a question for her.”
“Ask me, I know everything.”
“She had a Stalin quote and I wanted to ask her what it was. I don’t think you’ll know it.”
“Stalin? Was it If there’s a person, there’s a problem. If there’s no person, there’s no problem.?”
“N-no. Although that is certainly catchy.”
“Was it no one is irreplaceable?”
“yes! How did you know?”
“Because I lived in Soviet Union. I know Stalin.”
And now you do too! Go ahead, quote some Stalin to friends and co-workers today. Everyone will have new-found respect and admiration for you. And if they don’t, they’re replaceable!