The Epidemic

It’s reached epidemic proportions in the office. And although you’d like to say something to the person you have to be careful as the condition is sometimes mistaken for an entirely different condition. Being wrong can be embarrassing, maybe even fatal.

So you wonder, want to say something, but keep your silence until they finally announce, “I’m pregnant.”

Dave Barry said it best: “You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.”

You might think Dave is being overly dramatic, but a former co-worker was at a cafe when the friendly girl at the counter asked her, “So, when’s the baby due?”

Imagine how embarrassed they both were when she responded, “He’s eleven years old.”

Yes. I think it’s definitely best to keep silent and share in their joy–only when they confirm it.


About Dennis

Author of The Last Apostle. Teller of Almost True Stories of Life and former Air Force officer. Write for the love of the story. Sometimes speak for food.
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6 Responses to The Epidemic

  1. azwangster says:

    thing = think
    Sorry – years of proofing have their effect on me.
    – Andy

  2. Patty deRidder says:

    That is so true, Dennis! Many years ago, when I was heavy, my dear little Portuguese landlady asked me, “Baby come you?” I said, very embarrassed “No, just fat.” Unfortunately,it was years before I lost the weight, and by that time, no one would have asked me–the wrinkles told them!
    Aunt Patty

  3. Dennis says:

    Ouch. More proof that Dave Barry is right.

  4. Momma Mindy says:

    So Dennis, there’s something I’ve been meaning to ask you……:)

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