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Think Before You Speak…When Will I Learn?

by Mike

Last night me and the kids took a ride to Home Depot to check out the ceiling fans.  We’re renovating their playroom and a ceiling fan would be great in there. 

While we were cruising up and down the aisles I bumped into a woman I used to work with.  Kim was shopping for some home improvement items herself and she had an adoreable little girl with her. The girl was maybe 4 or 5 years old…same as my kids.

Now it’s been a few years since I’ve seen her and I do remember her having a teenage daughter.  So I asked what seemed at the time like a perfectly innocent question.

Is this your granddaughter?

Umm, no. She’s mine.

Yikes!!  I’m still trying to get my foot out of my mouth. 

Well, I guess it could have been worse.  I could have asked if she was pregnant.

What about you?  When have you goofed up and said something without thinking first?

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Everyday Tips

Oh my gosh – I did the exact same thing in college!!! I saw my professor, who seemed pretty old and had completely white hair, and he was with a little boy. I said ‘oh is that your grandson?’ and he said ‘no, its my son’. I felt like an idiot. I then said ‘Oh, I thought in class you had mentioned you had a grandson, I am sorry’. (I totally made that up.) He then said he does have a grandson the same age. I got so lucky that my made-up-comment ended up being true!
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Mike

Well at least I’m not the only one! I felt terrible though…I’m surprised she didn’t grab a hammer off the shelf and start swinging!

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Everyday Tips

Yes, my situation was much less dangerous. Right after I made my comment, the elevator door closed and the professor I insulted was gone…I was lucky!
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Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

I was 13 when my youngest sister was born. I have no idea how many times I was asked if she was mine, told what a cute baby I had, or my parents were asked about their grandchild. Don’t worry. Unless they are idiots, they are used to it and don’t take offense.

The only times I got ticked off is when people assumed the 2 year old was mine and glared at me or gave me a talking to about being a young mother. My mom once yelled at a couple in Walmart when they started in on their speech on me…it was hilarious to me but Mom had lost it, “Stop making assumptions about MY daughters. She’s a damn red head and the baby is freaking (yeah, she didn’t say “freaking”..) hispanic! Like this guy (grabbing my step-dad)!!! Go away. Now. Go away.” I love my mom… :-)

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Money Reasons

I remember complaining about a particular housing style to two friends at work… and wouldn’t you know it, they both have that style that I was complaining about… I felt about 5 inches tall!

I’ve learned to throttle it back a bit, but I still catch myself saying dumb things to my son… Luckily, I’ve learned to twist it in such a way it doesn’t come out too badly though.

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