We are in the car, ready to go eat and the question is asked, “Where do you want to go? What do you want to eat?” Ever been there?
Does this sound familiar to you?
If you have and your family is anything like mine you will hear the following answers. “I don’t care” and “It doesn’t matter to me.”
If you are anything like me, and believe words mean things, then you are thinking to yourself, well ok, then I get to choose so you start naming options and, just to see if it does really matter and if anyone does really care you say, “How about McDonald’s?”
(McDonald’s is never our first choice but when on the road you make choices of convenience sometimes and it is often used to make a point as in this situation.)
From somewhere in the back of the care you hear, “No. I don’t like McDonald’s.” or “Anywhere but McDonald’s.”
I know for our family McDonald’s will not be in the mix for sometime since two of us got food poisoning from a McDonald’s on the way to our vacation beach destination a couple of years ago allowing us to “enjoy” an ambulance ride and spend some quality time in the Savannah Memorial Hospital, and the rest of our vacation in bed, but that is another story for another day.
Back to the subject
So, naturally, my response is “So you do really care and it does matter.” Has that ever happened in your family?
It is not a big deal, just curious to know if it is just me and our family or if this is a common occurrence that happens around the world.
I have been guilty of the “I don’t care” answer myself when I know I really do. Why do we do that and not really say what we mean? Is it a family version of political correctness or just the family members being considerate of other family members and allowing someone else to make the choice or decision?
I don’t know.
What do you think?
Until next time…
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