“Hello! And how are you? How was your weekend?”
Ah, to be a human out in the world of other humans. How many times have we been asked this question and in response, smiled and said something along the lines of “I’m doing great and my weekend was fantastic!”?
In reality, you are in physical pain constantly because your lower back feels like it’s barely being held together by string, you deal with migraines just about every week, the fat keeps piling on no matter how much you move or how much you don’t eat and it weighs you down and you have an emotionally draining mother who demands attention whenever you are with her and her “it’s all about MY problems” look on life in tie with an ailing father who doesn’t communicate or interact at all. This piled up on top of your own worries of trying to keep a household on a pay that doesn’t fit the economy (thanks to moving to a state that is 50 years behind the USA cost of living) and trying to keep a stable relationship with a 13 year old son who is starting to just want to have nothing to do with you…but sure wants your money.
I guess that would be a lot longer to say in response to a short inpersonal question. Oh and I’m pretty sure that the person asking, really doesn’t genuinely care how you are REALLY doing.
The truth is, some people are WAY to perky and LAUGH way to much. I want to turn to them and say,
“Look! Not all of us have a hard working spouse, two incomes and wonderful little perfect children. Some people, and by some people I mean ME, have to sometimes choose between food and gas just to stay afloat. So constantly ranting about your all of the above to me, pretty much makes me want to punch a baby. Knock it off…I don’t care!”
But that would be mean and un-sociable.
So I smile and nod and say the socially accepted phrases such as “oh isn’t that great” or “oh so cute”