Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Filters are not just for water and air conditioners. Humans need them too especially when it comes to the words out of our mouths.

For example, maybe it’s not the best thing to talk about birth defects and abortion in the presence of expectant parents unless they initiated the conversation. 

No need to offer information – “You’re pregnant and expecting twins? My brother’s wife just had twins and they each have extra fingers!”

And weight, can be, well, a weighty subject for a pregnant woman.  Let her bathroom scale do the talking in the privacy of her home.  And no guessing games as to how many months pregnant she is, let her tell you. Nothing can be worse than you guessing, “Six months?” And she looks at you and says, “Three.”

Oh, there is something worse, asking a woman how many months she is and she’s not. Just say, “Excuse me, I didn’t mean to be rude.” Go home and clean your filter.

*Once, a dear friend when was asked this question responded with great style. "I'm honored that you thought I was still young enough."

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