Saturday, September 13, 2008

Great Assumptions

As I was swimming the other day I noticed that my legs were speckled with their usual bruises (which is not at all unusual due to my clumsiness). Is anyone else as clumsy as I am? I swear I pay attention to where I'm going, but somehow I end up running into everything. At least that's what I think happens. I usually don't remember where they come from. After the millionth bruise you kind of lose interest in their origin.

Well have I got a story for you (which has to do with bruises of course). Several months ago while I was at a work meeting I had several bruises on my arm from who knows where and the person next to me asked where they were from. I said I didn't know, but that I'd been working on finishing my basement recently and that maybe they were from that. She looked at me very suspiciously and accusingly said "what, did a beam hit you or something?" Talk about jumping to conclusions! To make matters worse, we met together the next day and I had to decide if I should wear short sleeves again and take the chance of this lady making another lame, totally uncalled for claim, or if I should wear a long sleeve shirt making it appear as if I'm trying to "cover" something up!

Also, several times when I've been away from home without Joshua people have asked me, sounding very concerned I must add, "where's your baby?" They've also asked my me and my husband this when we've been out without our baby. I've almost said to them that I left him at home by himself in a dirty diaper with knives lying all over the floor. Obviously I'm fine with people asking where my baby is if they aren't suggesting that I'm negligent, but where do people get at accusing me of abandoning my baby just because he isn't on my hip 100% of the time? Ugh, this is one of my new pet peeves.


Amanda said...

Once I did leave the baby at home by herself, asleep in the pack 'n play, for about 15 minutes. I was at my brother-in-law's wedding reception (about 5 minutes away from the house), which I had missed all of up 'til that point because of said baby. I had to leave as soon as I got there because so many people asked where the baby was and who was watching her. I guess they were right to be concerned in my case. I was very surprised to see how many people wondered and wanted the specifics though.

Brigitte said...

Note to self. Do not ask Rachel about her "random" bruises or where the baby is.

;) {wink wink nudge nudge}

Rachel said...

Rach, it sounds like people who ask questions such as "where's your baby?" probably just aren't fortunate enough (or smart enough) to get babysitters every now and then. They probably can't remember what it's like to be able to go on a real DATE with their spouse. You are an amazing mom and they are retarded for making such accusations about you! Here's another annoying question that some insensitive people ask: "So, when are you going to have babies?" (Or, "when are you going to have another baby?")