I’ve suffered from Foot In Mouth Syndrome for pretty much as long as I can remember. You know, the one when words fall out your mouth without your brain being engaged. Words that can, despite your best intentions, offend, upset or make you look really stupid. You’re often acutely aware of what’s just happened (sometimes not) and trying to resolve the situation generally involves digging yourself deeper into the mire.
Other phrases for it include “doesn’t suffer fools gladly”, “says what she thinks” and “reliably honest”.
The syndrome tends to present itself more prominently in times of stress, or when surrounded by
idiots other people who believe they know best. The workplace can exacerbate the syndrome, as can now, the school run and the extra-curricular activity parent waiting area.
I’ve mellowed over time, I really have, but add pain, tiredness or a dose of hormones into the equation and it starts to bubble up again. Oh, and maybe a child who has a different agenda to yours…
This morning was a prime example… Another parent announced she was off to ‘have a word’ with the teacher about the fact that homework was being set on a Monday to be handed in on a Friday rather than set on Friday to be handed in on Monday. Why? Because her daughter has too many extra curricular activities after school to fit in homework. So was it possible that the whole school homework policy be changed to accommodate her?
Now in the past, the foot in mouth syndrome would have set in good and proper and a my mouth would have let forth a tirade of
abuse honest feedback about how 7 year olds are unable to manage their time on their own and it is indeed up to the parents what they agree to regarding extra-curricular activities. Just because the darling daughter wants to do something, it is not a necessity. Oh, and how dare they suggest to school a complete change in policy to deal with their time management issues.
But you know what I did…
I walked away. I’m still slightly in shock at myself. Maybe I have the syndrome more under control than I thought. Maybe I’m become older and more sensible. Maybe I was just reeling in shock.
I didn’t say what I thought.
I’ve just blogged about it instead.
What would you have done? Am I alone in suffering from this?