Friday, 24 June 2011

Three bizarre conversations in one day

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I found myself in the middle of three bizarre conversations yesterday.

The first was with the lovely man who delivers our fruit and veg. Usually we talk about what fruit and vegetables are in season or how busy the markets are. Relevant stuff to his role in my life. Today he said that he was talking with my neighbour about the problems we had had with the automatic transmission on our car (as you do?!) and then went on to tell me why the transmission is crap, the story of his own VW Caravelle and all about the mechanic who fixes his cars. An interesting story, but not one I was expecting Tony and I to be having at 10 past 10 in the morning while I was trying to wrangle the kids into the car to make it to an appointment on time.

The next came when I was having a blood test with Doo Dah, Dew Drop and the Minx present. "Are they your children?" the vampire nurse asked.

"Yes" I replied (thinking who else's would they be lady?).

"All of them?" she responded, clearly astounded.

"Um. Yes." (thinking, you don't have to sound so surprised. I am not the first person to have three children, am I?)

At which point Doo Dah pipes in "And we have a brother who is at school today" (thanks Doo Dah!).

"You seem pretty sane for someone in your, um, .... position", she said.

"Um. Thank you. I guess" (thinking, why do you think you need to give your two bob's worth here?)

The last was with the dermatologist who I saw for my skin cancer check. After giving me the all clear and suggesting I commit to an annual check up due to my fair skin, numerous moles/freckles, family history and sun exposure history giving me ten times more chance of getting skin cancer than the average person (mildly freak worthy!), he started talking about taking digital photos of my skin to keep tabs on any developments.

Only he said "You should get your husband or someone to get a full frontal photo. And one of your back too. There's no need to post it on your Facebook site, but it would be good to have as a reference. Just for you." (Um, well you can be guaranteed that if I were to take a 'full frontal' photo of my skin that it would not be going anywhere near Facebook, I thought). "Um. Well yes. Thanks for the suggestion." 

Is it just me of have the people in my local area lost the plot a bit?

15 comments:

A Christy Production said...

It never ceases to amaze me how puzzled people are of families that have more then one or two children. They obviously forget that for centuries families have consisted of MORE then one or two children, and that you don't have to be a raving maniac to have multiple children. I actually work with a lady that has trouble coping with one child. Because the above statement is my opinion I have to be careful what I say around her and often find myself laughing to myself listening to her one child woes.

Also, if my dermatologist told me that, I'd have slapped him...

Jen said...

All you can do is laugh, the things people say! I could never be so forward or nosey. Hope that your day today is less full of craziness

therhythmmethod said...

I had a lady ask me similar at Myer the other day. I've never been asked "Are these all yours?" and I found it odd.
She then went on to tell me how it was probably a good idea that they were so close, because "it got 'it' (child rearing) out of the way quickly". I assumed she didn't have kids, because last time I checked they were for life, not just for Christmas ...
People are indeed very odd, not just in your neighbourhood. :)

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

If it strikes me at the right time, I don't always mind truly random conversations. Especially since I'm home with the girls all day, there are times I welcome a discussion on transmissions with the lady at the post office.

What gets me, though, is when I obviously (at least in my opinion) have my hands full with the girls...or even have the girls with me at all...and people want to go off on a crazy tangent.

With kiddos this age, I am almost ALWAYS balancing naptime with mealtimes...and now factoring in when the last kiddo went to the potty. I can't listen to how your dog just had puppies, but your ex-husband wants half of the money you make in selling said pups. Gah!!! :) :)

And on a "what's in the local water" note, I have had two completely separate people make random conversation about teenagers and birth control. I really don't want to be thinking about that just yet, folks!!!

Photographer Mum said...

People do say some weird stuff. I am often asked if the boys are twins by randoms. Goodness knows why. They are totally different in height and size and their language development is far from matched (as would be expected with a 16 month gap).
I have also had similar experiences as The Rhythm Method, having numerous people saying the same thing to me about how close my kids are. Weird.
At least it makes for interesting blog posts :)

DancingInTheRain said...

I still remember the day the lady at the bakery told me I must be a first time mother as my child looked very anxious!! If I wasnt anxious beforehand that comment would have set me over the edge for sure!

Miss Pink said...

BAHAHAHAHA. So let me get this straight, you got told you should do porn? LMFAO!
Not because I don't think it but uhhh who the hell says to someone (ok, sober i should add, when you're drunk there are no limits) "You should take a full frontal" and then goes on to say "You don't have to post it on Facebook" because yeah if you take some porno pics your first thought is "Let me upload this to facebook!"
Hahahahaha!

Also, wtf to the kids comment. Kids are awesome, the more the merrier in my opinion. But then you already know I want a stack more.

Tricia said...

I'm sneak reading your blog at work again - and at reading your 'full frontal' conversation snorted out loud in a very quiet office. Oops! I'm thinking my colleagues think i'm crazy.

Thanks for sharing.....

River said...

I used to get the same reaction when asked if the 4 kids were all mine, but some people were amazed to find out they all had the same father! Maybe they thought I'd been married two or three times? I did get asked once if the second child was adopted because he has dark hair and brown eyes, the others were blue or hazel eyed and blonde.

Sam-O said...

I'm living through the same style of conversations. My theory is twofold. Firstly, I was thinking it was about the moon and the winter solstice but today a Mum at swimming told me with great aauthority, that the human race currently has a minor viral infection and it making us all act out of character... It's so crazy that I just HOPE she's right. ;)

InkPaperPen said...

That last one got me laughing! Good job he stressed no need to put it on your Facebook page, hey? You could have had quite an embarrassing moment had he not made himself clear. It sounds like one of those days when you don't know if everyone else is crazy or if it is just you. Let me tell you, it is not you! Gill xo

Lisa said...

What is up with people? Get off the drugs people! LOL! I work in a customer service job and people LOVE to tell me stuff, some personal - a lady told me abt her discharge this week - some random - you look like you would live in a commune. Hmmm.... You got to laugh!

Cathy said...

Loved this blog post and everyone's comments (I should write one about unwelcome comments/convos one day). I think I snorted out loud at the last convo too...I wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face in that doctor's office!

Mama of 2 boys said...

Haha, this is awesome! Glad to see I'm not the only one involved in bizarre conversations at random. It is just so weird when people say things like that isn't it?
I had 2 extremely odd encounters on Thursday morning. One after the other. In fact they both left me feeling a little rattled afterwards. Funny how things people say can have the power to leave you feeling that way.

Cathy said...

Hi Cathy here again - just wanted to say thank you for the heartfelt comment on my post about my friend having breast cancer. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry for your loss....it's a beautiful thing to believe your friend took 'one for the team'. I don't know how to articulate in words how much that simple statement meant to me xx

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