There are moments in life when there is an insane amount of awkwardness. Picture a nineteen year old girl (who generally has people thinking that she’s younger than she looks) standing at a sink washing dishes. Then a man, who is considerably older (read: more than twice her age…) comes up right beside her and puts his arm around her shoulders, hand on arm.
A: So, are there any boyfriends on the horizon?
M: [starts edging away] Why do you ask?
A: Because you know I’ll get jealous…
M: [edges away even more] Erm…
A: [laughter] Well, you should keep me in mind. Just in case.
M: [moves further away]
Oh, and get this: my mom was in the room the entire time and heard the entire exchange. After he left, she told me to stay away from him. Good advice, of course. Granted, I don’t go out of my way at all to have conversations with him. And as far as I’m concerned, I did nothing to provoke the exchange.
Have you ever had an awkward exchange with a colleague?