“Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make — bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake — if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble.”~ Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy
When you make an assumption (and it turns out to be wrong), it’s very easy to either find yourself in trouble or very embarrassed. Take me for example. I was working as a waitress at a couples resort in Pennsylvania in my first year post varsity. One of the packages offered by the resort was an anniversary package. As staff members, we could tell who was celebrating an anniversary by the little red tags they wore. That way we knew what perks to give them.
I was working breakfast and feeling particularly chirpy when I walked up to one of my tables on that morning. The couple was obviously in their 80s and looked very much in love. They were wearing anniversary tags too. Awwwwwww, I thought to myself. I love it when couples are still into romance and lovey doveyness decades after marriage. So so cute! Being the sterling waitress that I was, I was all over that.
“I see you are wearing anniversary tags,” said I, “It must be amazing to have been married so long.” The woman looked visibly annoyed as she shot back a reply “Who says we have been married a long time? We have only been married a year!!”
*insert embarrassed stutter here*
I obviously didn’t get tipped.
Repeat after me, assumption is the mother of all……