Of course we can’t all wear little running screens on our forehead that say “don’t be happy around me – I am not in the mood for it”, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could. I am all for being nice to people when the niceness is genuine but please stop asking people “How are you doing?” when you really don’t care. I would love to tell somebody who asks me that open-ended question sometime how I am really doing. I can just see me now, standing in the middle of Bath and Body Works spilling out all of my problems to the college age twit who is more than happy to solve them all with some Warm Vanilla Bubble Bath. Well Sindy (with an S), since you asked “I have cramps so bad that they would bring an elephant to it’s knees, my son just snuck out of the house and broke his arm at the skate park, my daughter wants to go on birth control pills so that she and her boyfriend can “express their love for each other”, my husband is working another shift so I don’t get a break from the kids today, and I hate my damn job !” After a long pause and a distant, almost scared look from Sindy (with an S), I would be forced to say “and I would love the entire collection in Warm Vanilla” to which she would reply “that is just super, can I help you find anything else!”.
So for all of you “rainbows and butterflies” people out there. Sometimes the world has more pot holes than rainbows and more sewer rats than butterflies. So keep your chipperness to yourself.
Oh wait – Have a Nice Day !!!