Recently I have been having a real issue with being tactful... I don't know what the deal is... Seriously... here are 4 instances where I have felt REALLY bad because of my tact:
1 - One of the first grade teachers (heh, heh, heh when she reads this) who I will not name one day came in with a mark on her neck. Yes... I decided at the lunch table to call it out by saying, "Nice hickey." She was embarrassed... but laughed it off with the rest of my team. This was the least offensive of all my tactless remarks.
2 - There is a 3rd grade teacher who dyed her hair blonde over spring break. I thought it looked nice and I told her so. She said she thought it was too blonde and that she was going to go back to the girl who did it that night and get it fixed because she hated it. The next day as I was walking by her in the hall I said, "I thought you were going to get your hair fixed last night..." She said, "I did." Nice Allison.
3 - One of the substitute teachers at the school was eating lunch with us. As we were talking with everyone at the school it looked to me like she had a black eye. She had a major dark ring around her eye. So, what does Allison do?? She says, "Oh my gosh, how did you get your black eye??" She looks confused and says, "What?" I then proceed to try and deflate my comment by saying it must be the light or something - while all the other members on my team did the same thing. I felt so bad ESPECIALLY when the next time I saw her she was wearing makeup. Dang it.
*This one is by far the worst*
4 - I am taking an excel class at the district and have been for the past 4 weeks. We sit at the same computers each class. The same lady has been sitting in front of me since the beginning. I have even done one of the assignments with her. She had turned around and we had worked together. Well the last week of the class I noticed that she had her arm inside her shirt in a sling. Being friendly and nice I asked, "How did you break your arm?" No Allison... she didn't have a broken arm in a sling, actually no sling at all... she was missing an arm completely and has been since she was a child. I wanted to crawl out the door and disappear. How do you recover from a comment like that??
I think I need to be put in a muzzle. Yes I work with 6 year olds but does that mean I have to talk like one? Geez... so if I offend you with my graceless tact... please forgive me. My intentions are good - I promise.