Sensitivity Tip of the Day
When a friend, who is visually distraught (cracking voice/moisture under the eyes), it might not always be best to agree with them. Say for example, she just had a bad, um I don't know, eyebrow waxing incident. She might ask some thing like "do I have angry eyes?" This would be a perfect time, even for the super agreeable person, to disagree with their question. If you're up for an extra challenge, just don't lie through your teeth. Come up with something creative and sweet, such as "Could you try to smile for me real quick." (wait for smile) "No, your eyes don't look angry when you're smiling."
Ok, I'm going to "out" Peter here... because after we've jumped all over him about this, everyone deserves to know that he's not the insensitive man he appears to be. After Peter agreed that I had angry eyes as a result of the bad waxing job, I stalked out of the house to pout in the driveway. He came out after me a minute later. After a few moments of standing silence he said with utmost sincerity... "Julie, you know you're still beautiful."
And that is what the tip should have been.
a) Embrace the new eyebrows. Rather than asking if your eyes appear angry, maybe just buy some plastic fangs and a cape and then snarl at anyone who looks at you. This is especially fun in shopping malls. If you can foam at the mouth, honey, do it. Then sit back and watch small children run.
b) Don't even ask the question. Reverse the obvious by starting the morning's conversations with, "It's hard to stay humble when I look this good" and then turn the tables on the poor boy who stares at your eyebrows by saying, "WHAT. What's your problem? Why won't you look me in the eye? You don't understand me...(you never take me anywhere, blah, blah...)"
c) Distraction is key. If you wear one of those fake strap-on pregnancy bellies or giant clown pants, and you act as if nothing is out of the ordinary, people will assume you're crazy and leave you alone.
Hope that helps. - Teresa
Let me just say, Way to go, Pete and Jay! I've caught up on every tip since your humble beginnings -- and I'm happy to be up to speed in the world of fasion, hygiene, and of course, sensitivity. I'll be sure to check in -- I'm not perfect, and everyone can use a good Tip O Da Day.
For the rest of you
I will also say that I didn't ASK him if I had these so-called angry eyes. I was upset and venting my feelings. Sometimes you just need people to listen - not agree with the crazy things you say. :) But again, I'm not slamming PC. He's just boy who doesn't know what to do with crazy girls sometimes. We don't come with manuals apparently.
Teresa - Your comment is SO FUNNY! You're awesome. :)