My dh has an uncle who likes to insist that dd needs a little brother. He brings it up every time I see him. It infuriates me. Once we went to dinner at his house and he brought it up again, but then he added that dh and I would need to have another child after that because, apparently, three is the perfect number of children.
So I said, well, don't you think it depends on the family? Maybe some families are ideal with less than three, others with more?
Uncle: Oh, no, three is always the perfect number of children!
I told him that I knew lots of families with fewer or more than three kids that also happened to be very happy, to work really well together, etc.
Uncle: But three is the perfect number.
(Said in a very condescending manner.)
The conversation went on like that for a few minutes. He didn't even offer a reason why he thought that, I guess he felt he thought it was self-evident
Just in case you're wondering he has one son.
This one's funnier, I promise:
My dh's aunt (the sister of that uncle) asked me a week or so ago if dd understands me when I speak to her. This aunt has said a few really stupid things about dd's language development (I think I mentioned the best in one of the earlier threads- "If you speak English to her, how will she learn Italian?" My response, "Um, we live in Italy?!") so I knew what she was really asking but I wanted to point out how absurd it was by pretending not to understand her.
Pear-shaped: What do mean, does she understand me?
AIL (aunt-in-law, hehe): Does she understand you when you talk?
Pear-shaped: Obviously. Why wouldn't she understand?
AIL: Because you speak English to her.
Pear-shaped: DD speaks English!
Maybe the bilingual thing is hard for monolingual people to get sometimes? (Or maybe AIL is a bit of a dim bulb.