Thursday, April 19, 2007

What you should have said was...

Someone please tell me why others feel its ok to say "You look tired!"

I mean what the hell are they really trying to accomplish with that statement?

Yesterday, a co-worker walked in to my office to ask a question and as I researched her answer there was a bit of silence.

The silence must have been way too much for her to take because she felt compelled to fill it with "You look really tired."

What am I supposed to say to that ?

"Thank you, yes I know I look like death warmed over right now I appreciate you noticing"

Now I was tempted to kick her ass out of my office, but because I believe in playing nice with others I've outlined some alternative statements below.

If you feel you simply can not go on unless you tell your co-worker/friend/mother/sister/hubby etc they look tired please choose from the list below:

A) " You look tired" and then follow it up with something like "Why don't I watch the kids and clean your house so you can take a nap."

Or B)

"You look tired," followed by "Here's a gift certificate to a Day Spa"

or better yet

C) "You look tired, here's a voucher for an all inclusive Caribbean Vacation for you and your family"

Yes, definitely better options.Aah, doesn't everyone feel better now.


Brillig said...

Amen, sister. And Aaaahmen, and AYYYmen too. Hahaha. I hear it all the time. I love your list of answers they should have said!

Butrfly4404 said...


However, TIRED is better than SICK...I've been told "You look sick" before (when I wasn't).

I love your suggested phrases, but really, I'd be happy with just a "You look tired..can I buy you a Diet Mt. Dew??"

soccer mom in denial said...

I just found you because of Brillig bestowing the Thinking Blogger on you. Yes, I'm slow but I think you'll understand why.

I'm the mom of twins as well. Nice to find another one.

Worker Mommy said...

Nice to meet you Soccer Mom! We'll have to compare notes some time.

Sugar Kane said...

I couldn't agree more. I love hearing that about as much as I love hearing "You look so smart in your glasses" (I rarely wear them) Apparently I normally look like I'm missing a few chromosomes.

Worker Mommy said...

Apparently I normally look like I'm missing a few chromosomes.

OMG, Sugar Kane I think I just peed my pants.