Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Years ago someone asked one of my sisters-in-law when she was "expecting" and at that time my sister-in-law was NOT pregnant. Because of that, I've always been very circumspect and have never asked that question unless the subject of pregnancy was broached by the one who was pregnant.

Recently, at a gathering, I was asking for volunteers for a political campaign in the fall. A young woman said she would like to volunteer and I gave her a sheet to complete. 

To me, she looked as if she were at least six months pregnant. She wasn't very heavy, but she was wearing sweat pants and a tee-shirt which fit very snugly around her abdomen and she had quite a protuberance that looked much bigger than a "baby bump".

As she was a newcomer to the group, several other people had asked me about the "pregnant girl".

Because I thought she might be very uncomfortable or even be "POPPING" by November, I made the error of asking, "When are you expecting?" She said, "I'm not pregnant."

Open mouth, insert foot! 

I couldn't believe I'd just asked that question. I was ready to go underneath a table with embarrassment, but with great aplomb, she let me off the hook by saying she'd never lost the weight from her last baby.

Lesson learned!

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