When people ask the question “Are you okay?” nine times out of ten they don’t want to hear anything other than the stock “I’m fine” answer. To answer any other way, would open the door for actual conversation. Who the hell wants that? It makes me wonder why people ask the question in the first place. I believe it’s just a common courtesy sort of thing. If someone looks sad, unhappy or out-of-sorts it’s only natural to ask “Are you okay?” or “Is there anything I can do for you?”
Lord knows, if I answered these questions honestly to every person that asked, I might not have any friends. Or, if somebody asked me if I needed a hand perhaps I should answer them by saying what I’m really thinking. That might sound something like this: “Actually, would you mind cleaning my toilet bowls today?” or “Can you come over and cook dinner for my family?” Perhaps I should work harder to ensure my face didn’t read like such an open book. Apparently, it’s clearly obvious if my mood is anything but happy. Hence, why I seem to get asked this question a lot.
As my daughter read this post while looking over my shoulder, she reminded me that it takes more muscles to frown then to smile. An interesting piece of trivia for those that were not aware.
For most of you moms out there you likely suffer from the same thing I do: Sharing bizarre facial expressions with the world because we are multi-tasking too much stuff while having a “what the hell should I do first” moment.
This is exactly why I blog about organizing AND parenting humor. No matter how organized we are (or think we are) life always has a way to throw us curveballs. How we handle them is what matters. This is the part I’m working on for my own self. I will write more specifically about this in a future post.
So, what does your face look like? Hopefully, not like this one!