Monday, August 11, 2008

A Polite Reminder: Keep Your Damn Mouth Shut

Longtime readers of this blog will remember several past posts from about a year ago, when I had gained some weight and idiotic people who (obviously!) didn't know me very well kept "congratulating" me on what they assumed was my pregnancy. Unfortunately, as I'm naturally rather petite and any extra weight tends to collect around my abdominal area and stay out of my face, arms and legs, gaining a lot of excess weight does kind of tend to make me look pregnant. Which, of course, does not excuse the tactlessness of others in pointing this out.

However, I'm proud to say that I've lost approximately 14 pounds since January of this year, largely due to taking up running and cleaning up my diet. No one has brought up my supposed "pregnancy" in quite a long time, and I thought this nightmare was finally all behind me.

Until the doorman in my building at work today, one of my earlier "congratulators," delivered the ultimate slap in the face. As I breezed by him on my way in this morning, he called out to me:

"Hey! How's the little one?"

So, to all, a polite reminder: PLEASE DO NOT EVER, EVER MENTION A WOMAN'S PREGNANCY TO HER UNLESS YOU ARE 100% SURE THAT SHE IS PREGNANT. And by 100% sure, I mean either she has told you herself that she is, her husband/partner has told you, or she is going into labor and needs medical assistance.

This has been the Childfree Corner PSA of the day.


Steve and Stepher said...

Doorman = No Holiday Tip.

How ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude of anyone to say such a thing to any woman.

Oy vey.

Poofy_Puff said...

Did you say something rude back? Like, "I wouldn't know what it's like inside your pants"?

Dark-Star said...

Were I to say something similar, I should expect to be slapped.

Mary Ann said...

As Dave Barry once said, "You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she is pregnant unless you see a baby actually emerging from her at that moment

Christine said...

I could not agree more! You poor thing, sometimes people just don't think! I will continue to read your blog. It is very funny.