pink elephant

There’s this woman at work. I’ve been working w/ her for over 3 years now. In the last 2 years, she’s seemed to put on weight; just a little weight, mind you. Well, in the last few months, she’s put on a bit more weight, & had developed an ever-increasing belly. A lot of times, women who find themselves w/ a bit of a belly try to hide it. Esp b/c they’re not used to having it, & they don’t really care for it. They do it more for themselves than for other ppl.

So, this woman. She’s been walking around w/ this belly now for the last 2 months. I just ignored it.

Oh, total sidenote: In my fam, they are not shy about mentioning these kinds of things. Once, I went to see my uncle after not seeing him for a year, & the 1st words out of his mouth were “Wow, it looks like you’ve put on some weight there? You need to exercise more.” No, I’m not kidding, you can’t make this stuff up. Oh, & btw, I’d gained about 10 pounds (maybe 8). And I wasn’t fat to start off w/. Yeah, they don’t like weight gain. But it’s better than my other uncle, who’s come to visit us from overseas, & hasn’t seen a lot of us in 15 years. He went to see my cousins, & mentioned how two of them had become “fatties”. So nonchalantly too. He’ll just say, “oh yeah, & we saw ‘so & so’ today, he’s turned into a bit of a fattie, hasn’t he?”, then ask when we were going to make his tea for his ‘4 pm tea-time’. B/c he doesn’t know how to make TEA!!! TEA, ppl!?!

Ok, back to the subject at hand. Yesterday, I saw her & she was wearing (what looked to me like) a pink maternity top. Now, I realize maybe she hasn’t been slingin back the Pabst Blue Ribbons. Maybe she’s pregnant. I mean, she’s married, young-ish, has a dog, & they just bought a house 2 years ago. No, I don’t know what the dog has to do w/ anything. At the time, I thought they’d moved into the house from the apt so that the dog had space to run around in. Now, it’s occurring to me that maybe they bought the house in preparation for a baby.

So, I still haven’t asked if she is or not. I don’t want to say anything about it, b/c what if she’s not? She’s a decent person. That, & the fact that when I request changes be made, she’s the person who decides what priority to give my requests; which in turn affects whether my requisitions are fulfilled in the next 48 hours or 8 months. Ok, more the latter reason; but still, I don’t want to hurt her feelings or upset her.

This is my current “pink elephant in the room & you can’t talk about it” situation. Literally & figuratively.

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10 thoughts on “pink elephant

  1. ACK! I hope, hope, hope she is pregnant because she has been dying for a baby for YEARS! oooo, I’m so excited for her (if she is pregnant)! If she’s not pregnant, I’m sad because no one likes to gain weight (well, except this one girl roomie and I know from hs, her doc told her she had to change her diet because her metabolism was too high and she was too skinny for our age group!). Now, you HAVE to find out if she’s pregnant so I’ll know and then I can officially be totally happy for her!

  2. I KNOW! But how?

    :rubs chin pensively:

    How do I find out? Who & what do I ask?

    um, could you tell who I was talking about from my post?

  3. I think you should, very quietly, ask BW because that person always knows everything about everybody! BUT keep it on the down-low because you don’t want to spread rumors, y’know?

    Oh, and I think I could tell who you’re talking about only because I used to talk to that person daily (#1) and I know a lot about where you are (#2)…an average Joe off-the-street wouldn’t know what the heck we’re talking about. 🙂 I’m just really good at piecing together context clues.

  4. ah, so clever you are! (that’s what Yoda would say. Yes, I’m a big nerd now, I’m sure. I’m cool w/ it. Nerds are HOTT!)

    And you’re right! I’ll go take a walk & ask her right now.

  5. Did you ask? If not ask her out for drinks after work and when she says she can’t “drink” you will know.

  6. Kay, I just went downstairs, through the construction to the other side of the old building. And got an answer! She IS pregnant!

    Ok, back to work.

  7. This is difficult. I’d weight it out (ha, get it–okay I’m done).

    That pink elephant is cute though.

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