"How are you?" "How's it going?" "What's up?"
We say this as a greeting. We say it in passing. Mots of the time, what we mean is, "Hello!"
And when asked our automatic response tends to be something along the lines of: "Fine, thanks. You?" "Not bad." Or maybe, "It's Monday."
This is the exchange we expect, I think. Every once in a while you might say, "How's it going?" and the person will shock you with a response like bursting into tears, or saying something like, "My dog died."
I know I've done this to people. Sometimes you are carrying something so close to the surface that you cannot manage a normal response.
But sometimes, sometimes you ask, and you get real answers. I'm sharing something I posted on Facebook this morning. Really, I was venting, and maybe looking for a little sympathy.
The real-life, candid, thoughtful answers I got absolutely delighted me. I could so relate to all of the responses, and some of them made me giggle, and one of them made me so glad that he hadn't vomited on me while on my shoulders in a department store (you win with the puke, Lesley).
We've all got our stuff going on, you know? So, how are YOU today?
Yah, so my morning began with my son vomiting at the breakfast table. How's your day going?
Ha ha! Better than in the bed where you'd have to change the sheets. See? Always a positive side!
I hope he feels better soon!
Yikes! -15 degrees here and husband with the flu. Thanks for asking;)
at Zoe so loud this morning I think I woke up the neighbours. I just
can't do mornings anymore, they are Sean's domain. Really, just put on
your frikking snowsuit!!!!
I had a long commute in today, but believe me I'd rather have that than deal with puke at the table. Hang in there.
Well, our son locked his bedroom door and refused to get up, so missed the bus and had to be driven...
love these kids, but probably easier than your morning! I still
remember the stomach bugs. Could tell you some good stories - like the
time Chloe was on Stephans shoulders at the 'Macy's' equivalent store in
Germany and threw up all over him (that was our first experience w a
stomach bug - fun times!!)
Well i have been home with all 4 kids since december 20th, they canceled school again today!! So here we are again home together.
trying to figure out how to answer Angie's questions about death and
dying. Nana, I can manage, but she asks things like "Do kids die?" I'm
at a loss.
Kids bitched and moaned about waking up
because it's been two weeks since they needed to. Youngest threw a fit
about his socks (but he always does). The puppy ate a book. And I'm
overcome by a surprise but heavy bout of sadness. Yay Monday.
Oh no sorry. Hope he's feeling better.
dog decided to eat something out of the trash last night, so I put her
in Time-Out. Now she's not speaking to me this morning.
Stepped on glass and cut my foot and have been trying to stop the boys from killing each other all day (its only noon).
Kids school got canceled due to yet another snow day... Uuuggghhh... Hope your day gets better... Hugs...
how do you do time out Bobby Evans - I need that for my dog?
my dog knows when she's in trouble and she puts herself in Time-Out.
She just walks into her room and sits in the corner. She is still
avoiding me today.
Bobby, I wish I had that control over
my dog. My daughter left to go back to college Sunday so he is
down.Won't be happy around me, won't eat for days and he wont even be in
the same room with me right now. he gets depressed when she comes back
and forth. I can take this but he behavorial problems are about to drive
me up the wall (sheltered dog - from a dog hoarders - 2 years old). I
have no life anymore!!
Hugs to you and Jordan! I feel
okay but woke up without a voice. If only there were a gentleman caller
to use this husky sexy voice on, but alas no. Stay cozy Lisa
home from Denver to have a nasty, loud argument with my 20yo son. Here I
go again. Bigger the kid, bigger the problem. But still, I wish Jordan
feeling better real soon and that it does not make its rounds at your
awwweeesome...ugh. We had a haircutting incident this weekend, but vomit tops.