Our Symposium keynote speaker Judy Carter says, “Don’t get mad, get funny. And show some appreciation.”
My son phoned to give me a warning, “Mom, if someone calls and wants you to verify your credit card information, don’t give it to them.”
His concern was sweet, yet I was annoyed. I wanted to ask, “Do you think I came from the “stupid factory?” Instead, I paused, and then meekly replied, “O.K.”
He picked up on my tone, “MOM…Did someone call you to verify your credit card?”
I paused and in my convincing voice said, “No.”
He said, “MOM! Someone called you! What did you tell them?”
I paused and then answered, “They wanted the three digit number from the back of my card.” I could hardly keep from exploding with laughter.
He paused. “Andy? Are you still there?”
He answered, “MOM! You didn’t!”
“That’s correct… pause … I didn’t.”
I giggled, he laughed, “Not funny, MOM.”
I told him, “I appreciate your concern, but I wasn’t born yesterday.”
HUMOR TIP: The next time someone treats you like you came from the “stupid factory,” don’t take offense. Instead pause and then have a little fun with them.