My dad always sends me these emails that can be described as broken English (although my dad doesn’t actually speak like this…) and he always signs his emails with his name, instead of something like “dad.”
Subject: Happy Chinese New Year
Where are you going to spend Chinese New Year eve? Home with friend? Out eat with friend? Have a fun and enjoy, no alcohol please.
What do you want me to bring for home?
After this email, we exchanged some information. I told him that I wanted this chapstick that I was only able to find in Taiwan. I told him I wanted 2. In the morning I woke up and saw this email:
Subject: Re: Happy Chinese New Year
I got it that cost you NT$ 200.00.
Thanks dad. That’s US$6!! This isn’t the first time he’s asked me for money either… for my mother’s birthday I asked him to buy her flowers and we’d split the cost.
I called my mom and asked her if she got flowers. My dad, often being “economical” (or the nice way of saying cheap)… My mom says “he got me carnations.” Then in the background I hear my dad yell “you owe me $2.50!”