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Topic: CLUMSY (04/11/19)
TITLE: Think Before Speaking
By Joy Bach
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We were newly married. He was eager to introduce me to some of his friends. Too excited. After a meeting we had attended, he approached another couple, opened his mouth and out came, “This is my wife, Randi.”
That was the name of his first wife.
I extended my hand and said, “Actually, my name is Lois.”
Even though he had a problem with blurting words out, he did have a sharp business mind. He saw the need for a certain organization to be formed, spoke with others and soon a very viable association existed. We had attended those meetings for years. One couple had been faithful to attend every year. And in several of those years she had been pregnant.
In all fairness, there is that.
At the dinner after a day of business, Nick walked over to Lisa and I heard these words come out of his mouth.
“So, when is the baby due?”
She wasn’t pregnant.
Later, we had a little talk about NEVER asking a woman that question.
Sometimes, I received the brunt of his non-thinking utterances. We planned a month-long trip to Europe. We were each taking one backpack. Our mode of transportation while there would be by train. Therefore, I didn’t wish to take unnecessary items, such as a blow dryer or curling iron for my hair. At the hair salon, I asked that my shoulder-length hair be cut short … very short. Just like a cap on my head.
When I explained the thinking behind my haircut, Nick nodded his head like he understood.
Home from the trip, I had so enjoyed not having to deal with my hair, I kept the short haircut. One day, Nick looked at me and seemed to be staring. Out of his mouth came the words, “Do you plan to just keep wearing your hair that way?”
I heard displeasure in that question. So, I responded in like.
We stayed married. That was years ago. I still have short hair.
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