Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mumbling and the Dragging of the Feet

If someone of that age is dragging their feet and mumbling, it doesn't bother me. To be honest, there isn't much that bothers me at all about those who have made it to 110. They've certainly earned the right to do and say as they please. 100 years is quite a lot of years, after all.

I guess this is expected in people who are somewhere close to 100 years old. I mean, by that time, people are probably tired. Although, I have seen some people over the age of 100 who are still walking without dragging their feet and speaking with volume and clarity.

Grumpy Old Man Now in Technicolor by SpotprentBut when I'm faced with someone who is merely 60 and walks around dragging their feet and mumbling and acting as though it's a complete strain to use their voice AND with shoulders slumped, I'm annoyed. BIG TIME ANNOYED.

I've been told that I'm just too nit-picky but, seriously, I don't care why I don't like it, I just know that I want it to stop.

This is particularly annoying when they only do it if there's an audience. Seriously. You can come to my house and watch this person walk up the driveway and onto the porch like a perfectly, healthy, NORMAL person and switch gears faster than a speeding bullet as soon as they know someone can see them.

Anyone who knows me at all, and even those who have known me in the past, are quite aware that this behavior will not result in getting any sympathy from me at all. The nicest thing it will get you is a snort of derision.

Whenever there is someone other than myself present and they--because they don't know any better- inquire as to the health and well being of the seemingly afflicted, the response is long and drawn out and riddled with sighs and slurs and begins with something like, "Oh, well, I guess I'm ok it's just blahblahblah." This goes on for at least ten minutes. No one wants to hear all that.

This is, I believe, strictly attention seeking behavior. I teach in an elementary school and am quite familiar with attention seeking behavior and am in no mood to face or handle it when I come home every day.

I get being tired. I get being hot and I get not feeling well. But come on! There is no need to act like a spoiled teenager.

Ok, what do y'all think?


  1. The person who came to mind when I read this post is my MIL, God rest her soul... I loved her dearly, but, sometimes she could put on such a good 'act'. Always said she "couldn't write good", so we wrote out all of her checks and filled out all forms for her, but when she passed away, what did we find? A hand-written journal :)

    1. Hahahaha! I know exactly what you mean. I can't figure out why these people get put right in my path, but I'm pretty sure that I'm over it. LOL

  2. Yep, I know a few drama queens/kings. It's kind of sad, really, that they feel they have to put on such an act, just to get attention. They will get a much better kind of attention by being happy and alert and up-beat, to my thinking. Anyway, I get what you are saying. Shenanigans by adults (or even children) to just get attention, are not cool.

  3. Geesh...that would drive me over the edge. I don't know how you do it! !


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