Thursday, March 5, 2009

Smart Alec Answers

One of the things that really ticks me off, is smart alec answers.

I'm not trying to be a kill joy here. I don't mean the sort of answers that you get when you've made a sarcastic comment or cracked a funny.

I do mean the sort of answer you get when you've asked a serious question.

For example: when I ask my wife if she has seen one of my tools that I was using around the house and the answer I get is "I don't use them".

Now seriously, the chances are that I was using it to fix something that would benefit the household and I get a stupid comment like that. All I am asking for is some help and instead I get a smart alec comment.

Even If I were asking for something for myself, what's wrong in asking for some help? Why should I expect to be belittled?I accept that I'm a little sensitive about this as I even remember my mother saying to me "I didn't wear it" or "I didn't take it off" when I inquired as to the whereabouts of some article of clothing or item I used to play with.

I understand that it was a product of our time and that these sort of comments are made because that is what we have been taught to say by our parents. But as brilliant as they were my parents did not get everything right and I think this is one of those occasions.

Everyone is entitled to ask for some help sometimes and they should not expect a sarcastic answer when they do.

So next time that you feel tempted to give a smart alec reply to someone who has asked you a question, how about stopping and asking yourself, "does this person deserve this or should I just give the help thy are asking for?

And that goes double if you are dealing with children.


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