If you have spinach in your teeth, would you want someone to tell you? Do you tell others if their zipper is down or if toilet paper is stuck to their shoe?
These are not hard conversations. Yet, it is interesting how some people just walk pass and say nothing. Worse are the ones who smile, compliment your hair, and move on; all the while green stuff is sticking in the nooks and crannies of your bright smile.
What if you see or hear something that isnâ€™t as obvious or silly as green teeth, but could be construed as personally offensive, but maybe not generally so?
Do you walk by, smile and nod, and not participate, or do you say something?
What if you are asked why you walked by? Will you answer or assume the question is for someone else?
All these questions are in my head, because of my big fat idea to give away a quilt on Facebook. I asked others what they would do to pay it forward if they won.
I was really surprised that not very many people participated in the contest. Oh, some did, but so many who usually play bewildered me with their silence. It was the smallest contest participation Iâ€™ve ever had. And this when, in my mind, the prize was the best one yet.
So, I asked about it.
One brave person gave me her take on it, which started a small conversation between a few people. But again, most people did not participate.
My take on it all. One brave person told me the equivalent to having spinach in my teeth. Nothing more or less. Others said it was a good look, or complimented my hair, and still most just walked by.
Once again, I am reminded to error on the side of generosity.