I’ve told you before that the crazy or annoying things people say usually don’t bother me. For the most part I think they are funny. It is because too often I find myself saying crazy things. They sound quite normal in my head BEFORE I say them, really they do.
Quite some time and several babies ago, I was sitting in the nursing room at church feeding my baby and trying to listen to the sermon. There was a mom in there with me who was having a terrible time with her crying baby. I felt for her. I knew what it was like. She, like me, also had more children. My baby was nursing and quiet at the moment. I loved her to death, but she was a high-maintenance little thing. I wanted to let that mother know that I understood, so I said, “Is your baby always this high-maintenance?” Yep. That’s what came out!
The next week we both found ourselves in the nursing room again. This time however it was my baby that wouldn’t quit screaming. There were several ladies in there this time. That same mom very loudly and sarcastically said, “Well I’m glad my baby isn’t the only HIGH-MAINTENANCE baby!” I was so embarrassed. She must have thought about it the whole week and what a horrible person I was to say such a thing. I didn’t blame her. It did sound like such an awful thing to say.
I blurted something out like, “Oh yes, she is always cantankerous like this,” hoping that the lady would understand. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. So you see, most of the time the things people say just crack me up because I think that maybe they are like me with a tongue and words that will not cooperate with the intentions of their heart.
That is too funny! I totally have moments like hat where I intend to say something nice and on the way out it sounds …less so:)
Nae's Nest says
I can relate to this too. lol Enjoyed and shared.
everything i mean to say, always comes out the the wrong way! 🙂 you are not alone… but i am certain that you are a good hearted person! 🙂
Anri-Louise Oosthuizen says
I think we all have days that like that. And unfortunately, the more you try and explain, the worse it sounds…
Susan Evans says
I wish people could see through to the heart. We would have a lot fewer misunderstandings.
I’m with Susan… I’m as tactless as they come, as hard as I try not to.
Love the post. I have been in situations like that before. I think you handled it brillantly. Thank your sharing. So happy I lucked upon your blog. It made my afternoon.
The things we say. I think women tend to blurt things out without thinking more than men do. I remember working at a bank and an elderly lady came in, needing help with her statement. The bookkeeper happened to be at the loan secretary’s desk opposite from me, and I called out ‘hey, this old lady needs help.’
We do say them, don’t we?
Oh, my. I so dislike it when my mouth doesn’t say what I am actually thinking. I agree with Susan-it would be nice if we could see right through to the heart.
Thanks for the smile today!
Crystal @ Serving Joyfully says
Great post. Made me laugh a little and reminds me to give people the benefit of the doubt…