As much as I try to avoid interacting with other people, there are frequently times during the course of a day when it is necessary to engage in basic verbal salutations. “How are you?” “Oh, I’m ok. How are YOU doing?” That sort of thing. The subtext of which is, “I don’t really want to talk right now (or ever), but in this situation it would be rude and awkward *not* to, so here … I am acknowledging your existence as a human being.”
(And when someone else doesn’t play by these generally understood rules, I am thrown off balance. When someone asks how you’re doing, and then make it clear that they *really* want to know, it confuses me.)
This morning was just as off-putting, but for a completely different reason. When someone tells you to “Have a good day!” the one and only correct response is, “Thanks! You too!” Am I right?
When I told this woman at the grocery store to “Have a good day” she responded with, “Thanks, I will.”
Honestly, it just threw my whole day off balance. “Thanks, I will”? What the hell is that? How dare you deviate from the script that the rest of us are clearly reading from?
My whole morning is shot. I need someone to tell me to have a good day, or even better, to just tell me, “Thanks, you too” just to restore balance and order to the universe.