The Epidemic

Posted by on May 16, 2012 | No Comments

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.


  1. azwangster
    May 16, 2012

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

    • Dennis
      May 22, 2012

      Good thing someone is paying attention. Too bad it wasn’t me. I bet you would have had a great career in the printing business.

  2. Patty deRidder
    May 16, 2012

    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
    May 22, 2012

    Ouch. More proof that Dave Barry is right.

  4. Momma Mindy
    May 23, 2012

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

    • Dennis
      May 24, 2012

      I swear–it wasn’t me.