when are you due?

I work as a cashier at a local groccery store. I was in charge of the self check out one day and I had noticed the customer at one of the machines was looking at me with an odd expression. I asked if there was anything I could help her with and the words “How far along are you sweetie?” slipped out of her mouth. This was literally a moment I have been waiting for because I have always wanted that moment of awkardness that I could continue to laugh about the rest of my life. Without missing a beat I looked her in the eye and said “Oh honey, I’m just fat.” She gasped instantly and started frantically appologizing. my co-workers and I laughed about it for the longest time.

Nicole – somewhere

9 responses to “when are you due?”

  1. People need to get a clue. Although I have already been pregnant twice and will probably do it again it totally irritates me when (well meaning or not) people assume I am pregnant. If I’m rubbing my belly, holding my lower back, and wearing a shirt that says “baby on board” feel free to assume away. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut and ask my mother. Thanks for letting me vent! 🙂

  2. had another customer assume that i was pregnant yet again. since i am overweight i have back problems that could easily be fixed with weight loss and again was at work and was kinda bent over trying to adjust my back. im also sick right now and when i finaly stood up this clueless young man looked at me and trying to be sympathetic asked me if i was having the same issue as his girlfriend was having. he then proceeded to rub his belly and then pulled his hand away from said belly implying a growing baby. i again came back with the no i am just fat line. he just said wow and walked away. gotta love ignorant people. someday people will just get it. round belly does not always have to imply expecting a baby.

  3. I was fifteen and watching my mom’s children’s clothing store for her one weekend. A couple came in and the woman looked pregnant. She also acted pregnant– rubbed her belly, held her back, oohed and ahhed over newborn clothes and looked at me every once in awhile for the expected when-are-you-due-you-look-so-great-pregnant praise. But it was drilled in my head to NEVER assume someone is expecting until it is spelled out. They shopped for about an hour and we chatted together, me doing my best to dance around the “when are you do” question. I succeeded because they FINALLY said something about a due date or “we’re having a boy/girl” or some other obvious giveaway. By the time I gave them the congratulations it felt a little weird and late, but oh well. I’ve learned enough from other people’s mistakes to risk it myself.

  4. NEVER (and I mean that emphatically)ever assume round belly = pregnancy! Maybe that woman had a baby 2 months ago and that’s leftovers! Or maybe too many dunkin’ donuts!

  5. This is the best blog I’ve ever seen in my life! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to share your this with everyone.

  6. another note-
    The guy who asked if I was pregnant knew my husband in high school. it makes it all the more worse for me. oh well.

    • that’s awful. I prefer to keep my awkward moments between me and completely unconnected strangers.