Earlier this week Megan at Fried Okra was telling about a friend of hers who recently lost her husband. She said her friend had a good sense of humor, but that even a good sense of humor just wasn't enough to handle all the strange, rude, inappropriate comments she sometimes gets.
Megan came up with a great solution for her friend:
"So I was thinking . . . maybe she [Megan's friend] WOULD be comfortable, and maybe would even ENJOY, having a stack of brightly colored business-sized cards to keep with her that just say, Bless your sweet heart for wanting to help me. What you are doing right now ain't helpin'. If you really want to help, shut up and bring me another glass of wine!, that she could hand to people when they're saying or doing something that isn't hitting the mark with her. It'd all be in good fun, of course, but would also be her get-out-of-jail free card, in a sense, and may perhaps light-heartedly open a dialogue with people as to how they could better support her. You think?"
Well, that just made me laugh, and I got to thinking about all the business cards that I'd like to pass out in my life.
Like to the person who just will. not. shut. up.: “Could you stop talking now? I’ve had enough.”
You could just put this one underneath the windshield wiper: “You’re going to get rear-ended with all those bumper stickers on your car.”
Oh, I could use this one every now and then: “Hey, mom-in-the-grocery-store-yelling-at-your-little-kid, calm down.”
For when you find yourself just plain incredulous (like I do . . . a lot): “Dude. Really??”
I'd like to have this one in the library or in a book store. Of course, you'll need an attachment: “Here’s a Kleenex. Use it.”
And my favorite, for when you're waiting to get on an airplane and everyone is crowded around the gate, just clamoring to get through the door so they can be the first to get their carry-on luggage in the overhead bin: “You just cut in line. Go back. Allllll the way back. And start over.”
How about you? What would your business card say?