Have you ever seen that Geico commercial where Abe Lincoln's wife asks him if her dress makes her backside look big...and he gives her the "just a little bit" fingers?
Does he suck, or should she not have asked a question that she didn't want the answer to? Well?
I was involved in a similar situation like that today...with a perfect stranger. I was browsing a store, and Grayson got loose.
Like a sweaty silverback gorilla, I chased after him with the cart in the poorly air conditioned building. Just as I spotted Pac Man, I mean Grayson, a girl about my age asked me for my Honest Opinion. Oh and dear.
"Do these [strappy gold prom type] heels make my feet look big [chubby, fat]?" I CANNOT remember which word she used, but the answer was...(gulp)...yes.
Remember, SHE asked ME. I was not judging her - it was simply a matter of fact that the shoes didn't fit her feet well.
I thought, "Meredith, just say they look great and snag your son while you have the chance."But, in a moment of woman to woman honesty, I ACTUALLY gave her the "just a little bit" fingers!! Oh and DEAR.
"You asked me to be totally honest." I said (in my defense), as she nodded enthusiastically as if she was fine with the answer.
"No, thank you! I think from here to here (pointing to a section of her foot) the straps look too tight..." she said, as I put Grayson in the cart and gave him The Look.
I'm at a loss at how the encounter concluded, but I walked away feeling like a horrible person. I truly thought it was better to be honest, as I would want someone to tell ME if something just didn't work (assuming of course that I had asked first, people!).
Perhaps I could've delivered the news a little better, but I was frantically trying to contain my son and didn't have time to think of a rosy way to put it.
Thought For the Day: Is it better to be honest with our friends/women when they ask the "how does this fill-in-the-blank look" question, or do you tend to tell white lies?