I thought I'd covered every possible gaffe concerning nosy souls who love inquiring about other people's reproductive plans. Not so!
In a recent business meeting attended by yours truly, a woman shyly announced her pregnancy to a roomful of coworkers. Everyone offered their congratulations and asked benign questions like, "How are you feeling?" and "When are you due?"
Well, everyone but one brazen individual. Without a shred of compunction, this person asked:
"Was it planned?"
Readers, I nearly fell out of my conference room chair.
These women are not sisters, confidants, or best friends since Montessori. They're workplace acquaintances. At best.
The mother-to-be was understandably flummoxed.
"Well... yes," she stammered uncomfortably. "We're thrilled."
I mean, what was she supposed to say? Here's a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation outlining our procreative strategy and objectives?