It’s Just the Way We’re Built

I don’t know why I always manage to put my foot in my mouth. I’ve done it so many times over the years, you’d think I would’ve learned by now. I guess I haven’t though because I did it again today.

It was a professional development day and the students had the day off. We had to travel to another school in a different district to attend these workshops. I was impressed with this conference. The workshops were very well presented and I got a lot out of them. A hot lunch was served and it was excellent. And as an added bonus they had free massages throughout the day.

The massages were assigned randomly and we were told when we registered if we were to get one or not. I managed to find my way onto the list. Now, I had no interest in getting a massage so I asked them to give it to somebody else. “No problem” they said.

I talked to a colleague shortly after that. She teaches at my school and I know that we are the same age. Anyway, she was excited that she made it on the list. She asked if I did. I told her I did but I gave it away. She asked why. I said, “I don’t know, I’m young and vigorous.”

“What does that make me?” she retorted, “Old and decrepit?”

I said, “Why do girls always do that? They always assume the opposite of what you say. That’s not what I meant.”

Next break, I bumped into her again and I knew what to say this time. I said, “What I meant to say earlier is that I had no interest in getting a massage so I thought I’d pass it on to someone who’d appreciate it more.”

She said, “I know that is what you were supposed to say but you didn’t.”

I told her that I should’ve learned not to put my foot in my mouth by now. She said she thinks it is just the way guys are built. You know what? I’m positive she is right. She always seems to be about everything else. So next time I put my foot in my mouth, cut me a break, it’s just the way I’m built.

5 Comments on It’s Just the Way We’re Built

  1. I have heard that women tend to be more attuned to the feelings of others than men. Then again, women do tend to get more easily offended than men. This post made me think of Joe Biden and how they keep saying on CNN that he always put his foot in his mouth 🙂

  2. Oktober Five // October 24, 2008 at 7:23 pm //

    Joe Biden is a m– d–. And I like my feet where they are. However, one time I was talking on the phone to this girl who I wanted to go on a date with and she said I could stick my foot in my mouth (literally) and I was like, “no way, I’m not that flexible,” but she’s like “yes, just try it,” so I stopped right there in public, sat on some steps and literally put my foot in my mouth. It was an eye-opener.

  3. Hi Marelisa,

    I wasn’t even thinking about her feelings when I said that. It never occured to me that she might take offence at it. Normally I am considerate of people’s feelings. At least I hope I am.

    Hi Okotber Five,

    That’s hilarious. I might have been able to do that at one point. But everytime I do this it is figuratively.

  4. Whoa, you changed your site. I like it. Maybe your coworker was having a low-self-esteem day. It may not entirely be your fault. Shrug. S

  5. Hi Anonymous,

    I’ve made a few changes. I think I like this new comment feature. It loads quicker and it seems to be easier to comment now. I hope you like it too.

    As for my guffaw, I think it is my fault. The same type of thing has happened to me several times. I’m not sure that it’s just coincidence. But I am sure I will say something like this again. So maybe you’re right, it’s not my fault.

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