In general, Europeans are so much more comfortable and open when it comes to their bodies and their functions. I lived a year together with my in-laws and husband and in that year, we had a lot of visitors from all around the world visit us.
Quite often, while travelling, stomach problems are an issue because of drastic changes to our diet. So, it was not unusual to have an international guest come visit and not be in the best shape.
Every time one of our guests was feeling nauseous with a headache or stomachache, my mother-in-law would suggest to take these rocket pills which looked way too big to swallow.
If a North American guest were offered the rocket pills, there was a 99% chance they had never seen one before. I would amusingly explain what to do with them.
Guest: “what is it?”
Me: “It’s a suppository. It helps you get better”
Me: “you put it up your butt.”
SUPPOSITORY – ROCKET PILL
Their reaction makes me laugh every time. Every North American (I can throw the Australian visitors in the mix too) has turned bright red with fear and/or embarrassment. Needless to say, they always politely refuse my mother-in-law’s offer and instantly feel better!
I also noticed that if the international guest was European, either they would accept or refuse it as if they were accepting or refusing sugar for their coffee. Not a big deal.
The truth is that this solution is quite practical if you can’t keep your medicine down. In addition, medicine absorbed through your bum works much faster than medicine taken orally.
One evening, I was going out to dinner with some international friends: Four Canadians living in Europe, a Swiss and three Italians (including my husband). We got to talking about cultural differences between North America and Europe and the amusing topic of suppositories came up. The four Europeans were proud of their rocket pills whereas the four Canadians were still squirming in their seats thinking about it. The question arose: “Since you’ve been living in Europe for a while, have any of you Canadians tried a suppository?”
We answered one at a time: No! Never! Yeah right! …
The last Canadian just smiled and said, “Before I came to Canada, I might have had one when I was young because it was used for all the sick kids and babies.”
No! We were outnumbered! 5-3!
The pro-suppository team celebrated their victory by making a toast in honour of the medicine that ends all nausea and aches, “TO THE ASS ROCKETS!”