Friday, June 22, 2007

Foot in Mouth Disease

Being a thoughtful, caring person has its downside. It sometimes means putting your foot in your mouth, when all you were trying to do was help, be concerned, or sometimes just make conversation.
Here is an example of a few of these in the last couple of months.

Background – my work does Casual Friday. We don’t need to be reminded, we all jump at the chance to wear jeans and flip-flops.
So my colleague walks in wearing a stunning skirt and blouse. I say “my, aren’t we fancy for a Friday”. She says, “I’m going to a funeral”. Nice!

It’s the Friday before Mother’s day. I ask my friend at work, who is a mom w/ adult children, “So, any big plans this weekend?” She says ‘I don’t want to talk about it”, and wells up! Again, Nice!

It’s the Monday after Father’s Day, I ask one of our older Superintendent’s “Did you have a nice Father’s Day”, he say’s ‘I’m not a Father!” Ok Sharon…did you not learn your lesson on mother’s day!

Today, (Casual Friday) a colleague comes in all decked out it suit and tie (usually Friday for him means a USC t-shirt) So I say, “Hi, are you going to a meeting?”, NOPE! “A funeral”!

I am noticing a pattern here by the way…

Note to self: don’t comment on people’s choice of attire…EVER!

Then a lady in my office tells us her daughter just had her second child, a little boy. They had narrowed it down to 3 names…Zach, Wyatt and lets say Cole, cause I forgot the other one. I went through each of them, and when I got to Wyatt, said, “Hum, I don’t know about that”…. So, which one is it? Yip – Wyatt! I should have not said that afterwards, they obviously had narrowed it down to 3 they liked! I’m such a dork!

And thankfully, my brain has decided to erase the myriad of other examples, so this is all you get for now!

With that said, have a Happy Weekend!

PS: Not 1/2 hr after posting this, the Older Superintendent in the office who is NOT a father, started a conversation with me about a homeowner who is also from Africa. I said that I've learnt to not always say where I'm from, as people who are from similiar places expect to have an instant bond with me, or expect special treatment (this is from experience-I'm not making it up), I said, especially since I'm originally from Zimbabwe...So, the older Super says, "Well, at LEAST you're not from South Africa!"
Hahahaha...and I said, well, actually, I am as well!
HA! So now we're even!


Blogger becky c said...

Ahhhh, Sharon. I share in your affliction. However, mine doesn't come from a desire to be nice and friendly - it's just plain stupidity!

Adam wanted to name our son Wyatt. In fact, if Abby had been a boy, he would have been Wyatt (but fortunately I won that contest by having a girl!). I couldn't agree more with you about the name - just not for me! :)

6:24 PM  
Blogger Flame Lilly said...

Thanks Becky!!! Actually, if i'm being completly honest (said like Simon Cowell) it is more out of stupidity, i just think "thoughtful" sounded better! haha

7:31 PM  

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