A friend asked me if I knew what the eggplant symbolized.

“No.” I said.

Some years ago, I was hanging out at a friend’s house. She, her sister and I just sitting at the kitchen table talking about whatever. They heard movement upstairs, like someone got up and was stirring around.

“Moolie?” The older sister asked. Then she got up to tend to something.

I learned that Moolie is a not nice nickname used by Italians for Black people. The mother was Italian. The father was Black. They affectionately called their dad “Moolie.”

Other than that, I hadn’t heard anything else about eggplants. 

When a person begins with, “Do you know what [insert anything that you’re about to be embarrassed by] is” you know the explanation to follow is something that will make you feel like an ingenue. 

“Didn’t you notice it was one of the new emojis?”

“I did. I thought it was cool because it looked like the neon eggplant, not the traditional eggplant.”

She said nothing. I guess I was hopeless.