There's this lady at work who has been really nice to me ever since I started working there. Being the new guy in the office is always difficult, so it was nice to have someone make me feel as welcome as she did. Every time I'd see her around the office she'd ask me how my day was going and how I was liking everything so far. I appreciated her taking the time to talk with me and make sure I was doing alright. Not everyone in the office was as welcoming as she was, so I just assumed that she was one of those people who is genuinely pleasant and nice to everyone she works with.
Now that I've been there a few months and seen how she is around other people, I've come to the realization that while she generally is a nice person, she always seems overly nice with me. I still appreciate her efforts to make me feel comfortable at work, but recently it's felt a little awkward.
In fact, I've gotten the feeling recently that she talks to me the way she does not because she's genuinely interested in how my day is going, but rather that she thinks that I'm... well... gifted. Mentally challenged. Mommy-says-I'm-Special. Sort of like how Holly talked to Kevin in a few episodes of The Office before she found out that he wasn't retarded.
I'm all for keeping the expectations low so no one winds up disappointed, but I didn't think I came across as that much of a dull pencil.
Since I've gotten this impression from her, I've been a little on the fence as to how I should proceed. Should I let her continue to think that I'm a few peas short of a casserole, or should I try to work something into our next conversation that makes me appear smart, or at least of standard intelligence? If I try to prove my intellectual capacity, though, I'd be worried about it backfiring. After all, I only want to give the impression that I'm smart, not to actually be called out on it.
I think I'll play it safe and let her continue thinking that my IQ is sub-par. It is nice to have a cheerful face around the office, even if the mind behind that cheerful face probably thinks that I need diagrams to tie my shoes every morning.
Have a good weekend, everyone.