Whichever part of the world you're in and whatever year it is, some things just don't change. Parents, for example, even those with famous, acclaimed offsprings, usually have high expectations.
Take 1994 Noble Laureate Kenzaburō Ōe's mother who wasn't quite happy with her son's Prize in Literature.
According to a post on The Nobel Prize's twitter page, the Japanese author had told his mother as a child that he would win the Nobel Prize in Physics.
"50 years later, I said to my mother, 'See, I have kept my promise. I won the Nobel Prize.' 'No,' said my mother, 'You promised it would be in physics!'" the tweet quotes him as saying.
"As a child, I promised my mother I would win the Nobel Prize in Physics. 50 years later, I said to my mother, 'See, I have kept my promise. I won the Nobel Prize.' 'No,' said my mother, 'You promised it would be in physics!'"— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) November 21, 2019
- Kenzaburo Oe, awarded the 1994 Literature Prize pic.twitter.com/aThggoO3vl
Netizens are rather amused at this turn of events, and many posted that it was typical of an Asian mother. Others added that it was just a mother's trait, irrespective of location.
Moral of the story: You can't win an argument with your mother. Even if you are a noble laureate! https://t.co/1FaxyT6Inr— Rachita Prasad (@rachitaprasadET) November 22, 2019
And you complain about 'Sharmaji Ka Beta!' https://t.co/sWRKdWp6Iy— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) November 21, 2019
And speaking of which, there's my mom.— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) November 21, 2019
"No book this year?"
"Mom, I had one out in Jan!!!"
"But it's almost December now."
According to the Award's website, the Nobel Prize in Literature 1994 was awarded to Kenzaburo Oe "who with poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today."