Older church ladies of the world...do not, under any circumstances, ask a younger church lady, "When are you due?" unless you are 100% certain she is actually pregnant. How can you be 100% certain said younger church lady is pregnant, you ask? When you hear the words from her own lips, "I am 100% certain I am pregnant." In no other circumstance should you speculate and therefore ask the younger church lady outloud, "When are you due?"
Yes. This happened to me today. I was the younger church lady.
I had this happen a few years back as well. My response a few years back was to laugh nervously and say that I was still carrying baby weight and I was wearing an empire waste shirt, so it was easy to make that mistake (I never wore that shirt again, by the way!).
This time, I maintained my dignity, composure and eye contact, and when asked, "When are you due?" said calmly, "I...am not." The older church lady said, "Oh...well..." and slunk off. Which is as it should be.
Oddly enough, I had just read an article in an etiquette section of a magazine regarding this very issue. The author encouraged the non-pregnant "younger church lady," when asked this horrifying question, to maintain eye contact, tell the offender she is not pregnant, and let all the awkwardness hang there without making excuses for yourself to make the other person feel better. That way "the older church lady" bears the load of the awkwardness, hopefully being shamed into contrition and learning to never ask that dreaded question to anyone not in a hospital gown and pushing again.
So, to my fellow younger church ladies....you are welcome. I may have saved you from one older church lady today.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
We celebrated Sophie's 7th birthday today with a friend party. It was a Rapunzel theme. Thank goodness for my friend Laura who had done this for Lydia's birthday this past summer. She lent us a bunch of stuff that made the party look cool.
This braid, for instance. It trailed from the entryway back to the bedrooms. We spent a 100 degree August day crafting it in her backyard last summer. Good memories.
In Tangled, Rapunzel visits a pub called the Snuggly Duckling where she meets a lot of ruffians.
Our ruffians ate blue jello (lakes) with orange sailboats floating on top...
It was a great time!
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
We travelled to my parent's house for Christmas. They actually had some snow there! All the kids and Greg went sledding down the road to the lake on our 30-year old sleds.
Most memorable event of the weekend...my dad fighting a muskrat (almost) to the death and coming out the victor. I'll probably have to tell this story in a separate post.
Cassie, Courtney & Me