You Look Tired

September 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I really, really hate hearing this.

Sometimes life just tuckers you out

As I walked up the steps to the train platform this morning, one of the gals I usually stop and chat with looked me up and down.  I’m wearing a fun scarf today (to try to mask the depression I feel over the impending winter) and I figured she was going to comment on that.  No such luck.  The very first words out of her mouth were, and I quote, “Wow, you look really tired today.”

I feel like this expression allows people to get in an insult without officially sounding like a jerk.  When someone tells me I look tired, my brain understands their words to mean “Hey you look like shit today.  What’s up with that?”  Because, really, I’m a little tired almost every morning.  This is usually because I stay up way too late doing nothing important, mostly on the internet.  Last night, however, I was a good girl and actually went to bed early enough to get in a full eight hours of sleep.  I woke up with my usual semi-ease and was no more tired than usual.   And the very first words spoken to me were comments on my lack of vitality.  Thanks.

What’s the appropriate response in this kind of situation?  I did say that her telling me that made me feel like I was looking extra craptastic…and she didn’t deny it, so that kind of blew up in my face.  Should I have told her I had plenty of sleep and what she was noticing was my natural aging process?  Or perhaps I could’ve said that the dark circles under my eyes were a result of a late night fist fight over a burrito.  Maybe I should’ve just gone along with it and spun a wild tale of insomnia, depravity and way too much booze.

Or maybe I should just go home and take a nap.

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