Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Biddies at the Salon

I am going to a party tonight, so I splurged some of my allowance on a pedicure today.  There were two women in there that were about my age, maybe a little older.  I sat and listened to them talk, and was so thankful they were not my friends.

They started out talking about house hunting.  That was innocuous enough, but then they moved on to their neighbors.  Apparently, they live across the street from each other and they proceeded to pick apart each person in their neighborhood.  It was really quite disgusting.

My favorite part of the conversation was that they kept saying, "It's really a nice quiet neighborhood, but..." and, "I don't really care, but..."  One of the women in particular kept saying things like, "Well, it makes no difference to me, but..."  I just kept thinking, "If it makes no difference and you don't care, then why are you mentioning it?"  One thing I absolutely hate is gossip.  I try to avoid it like the plague.  My only question is, how do you you stop it?  I suppose the best way is to just change the subject.  Does anyone have any other ideas?  What do you do when you find yourself gossiping?  How do you stop that?

Finally, I just want to note that even if it is true, if it is not nice it is gossip.  I remember a song we used to sing in Sunday School.  The line "If you can't say something nice, say nothing" should be taught to adults as a refresher course!

3 comments:

  1. Women who gossip...and (my Friday night complaint) women who sit and talk nonstop at baseball practice so loudly that I can hear them 40 feet away. I don't let my KIDS be that loud. Really? Is what you have to say SO interesting and important that everybody needs to hear it?

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  3. I have a friend who taught me simply by her example of how to react to gossip: She says "Oh, this is something I don't need to hear" and walks away. If you were on the phone with her she would stop and say "Oh, I don't need to hear this." She was/is able to teach by using herself as the example. What a wise individual she is and I'm thankful for her being in my life.

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