…humour or thoughtlessness

Last week one of the girls at work was commenting that the youngest member of our team will soon be turning 20. Then she went on to remark that she was old enough to be his mother and I was old enough to by his grandmother. I know I have joked in the past that I am old enough to be his mother (which I am) but the figures don’t add up to turn that into grandmother status. The comment about me caused a stunned silence all around the office. I am not sure if the comment was supposed to be humour or if it was just thoughtlessness (again).

This girl has always had a hang up about age and loves to comment on other people’s ages and point out who is ahead of her in years. This year she is having one of those ‘will life change?’ ‘0′ birthdays!

Later in the day she got onto her favourite topic ;-) I felt obliged to tell her that she couldn’t possibly do that sort of thing any more. She has been telling us all for years that you shouldn’t after a certain age because that was just disgusting :-O

Life in Focus

24 Comments CherryPie on Jan 25th 2010

24 Responses to “Reflecting on…”

  1. Has she got Asperger Syndrome because I have been known to say “inappropriate” things like that ;-)

    BTW, you were off topic with your comment at my place in relation to the volcano – you posted it in the post relating to animal photos :-)

    I’m gushing like the volcano now because I have a £600 sponsorship deal to add to the £500 for the advert on my blog!

    • CherryPie says:

      I think she just forgets to engage her brain before speaking, it catches her out a lot ;-)

      Very off topic LOL

      That is a great sponsorship deal that is great news :-)

  2. kath says:

    I had an aquaintance like that, he would muse for hours on how old he thought our mutual friends were and was delighted when he managed to discover someones age. Then he would start long conversations about whether A looked older than B and so on. Why the facination I wonder?

  3. Bernard says:

    Well…..now this is a very difficult subject for a gentleman to comment on. There are many witty responses you could keep up your sleeve for next time. My Grandmother used to say “There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle”. Not that I am comparing you to an old fiddle, far from it. :)
    There must be all sorts of sayings about “Fine wines” and “experience and wisdom”. Put her in her place Cherie.

  4. Bernard says:

    Who put the smiley face in my comment?
    I don’t know how to do things like that…?*?

    • CherryPie says:

      I have the smiley option turned on in my blog settings. So if you did a colon-dash-right bracket it will automatically turn into a little smiley face like this :-)

  5. jameshigham says:

    Hang on, young Cherie, I’m a bit confused. Was it a third party who made the crack or was it the 20 year old herself? Which one kept going on about it?

    • CherryPie says:

      The 20 year old is male and wouldn’t be so rude.
      The girl who his having her ‘0′>20 birthday made the crack.

      Three people are mentioned in the post, the girl, the young man and me.

  6. Andrew Scott says:

    Too old to accept the legendary temptation eh? I see what you did with that apple photo. Or did you?

  7. Andrew Scott says:

    And don’t be so pleased at being compared to fine wine. At every gathering it always ends up drunk :)

  8. Andrew Scott says:

    And you chose a visibly flawed and damaged apple too… Past its pretty prime. Hmmm. I think I read the messages even if nobody else does

  9. Andrew Scott says:

    Ah but TWO apples… and the one just out of reach looks a bit more tempting… (am I going beyond you now?)

    • CherryPie says:

      Yes two apples :-)

      The slightly jaded one in the foreground (the subject of the comments) and the one in the background (the commenter) not quite in focus (not sure what state that one is in).

      It is difficult to tell which would be most tempting…

  10. Andrew Scott says:

    Just as well I’ve got my own sweet apple snuggled up next to me. Goodnight :)

  11. [...] what were those girls up to today?

  12. Phidelm says:

    I’ve come across the variety as well (human, as opposed to symbolised by apples!). Enquiring sweetly what they suppose the alternative to growing old would be usually works. Or, as my ex-husband (very blunt, very large & very short-tempered) once exasperatedly asked of just such a colleague: “you do want to go on living, don’t you?”:-).