Friday, April 2, 2010

In Which I'm Not Stupid

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.

23 Comments:

Beth said...

I love making people think I'm slow. Or blonde. It gives me a sick thrill.

Moonspun said...

I say you let on how much you like bronwnies and it helps you get through each day and see if she makes some for you!

camerabanger said...

That's why I treat everyone in the office nice...because they're all slow! I'm not too swift myself but in the "Land of the blind..."

Natalie said...

This is hilarious. Although I'm pretty sure most of the call center in my building is "special".

TechnoBabe said...

I have not gone out of my way to sway someone's impression of me one way or the other. Let them all make up their minds and I am free to be me. I personally think you made a wise choice, let her think what she will.

Mwa said...

Some conundrum. Or is that too difficult a word?

Lessons in Life and Light said...

Hahaha! Oh my gosh, that clip is so hilarious!

I remember when one of the guys I work with found out I have a college degree. He seemed really surprised. WTF? Thanks a lot, buddy!

Aunt Juicebox said...

You could get away with a lot if you play your cards right on this one. ;)

Nes said...

That's a great idea! The veil of dumbness can come in handy at times. Trust me, I know.

Jennifer said...

The fact that you referenced The Office cracked me up. That's one of my favorite scenes.

And I would let her think what she wanted, too. You know... Since she is nice, haha...

I can't imagine what you could have done to have her act that way, though...

#1Nana said...

I say you start wearing a Special Olympics t-shirt and play this out for awhile longer...there may be good story material here to explore!

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Mad Woman said...

Play it up man! See what you can get her to do for you :)

JennyMac said...

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.

HAHAHA..you are far from a dull pencil my friend. This cracked me up. Maybe she finds you extraordinarily handsome and has developed a crush.

Chuck said...

That is the greatest feat ever pulled off on the job! I say run with it...there's no downside...unless she wants to ya know take you home and show the ways of the world, but until then enjoy the perceived dimwittedness!

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#7 said...

I like Moonspun's idea of brownies... :D

Shrinky said...

Start humping the table next time she passes, see how far her sympathy extends (and get someone to photograph her face so you can post it for us)!

Andhari said...

Probably I'd let her continue to think like that, maybe there'd be some advantages too. Probably you could get her to bring you homebaked goodies :p

Pam said...

Too funny! And I love The Office reference. For several years I was rabid Office fan, but the past 2 or 3 seasons have been sorely disappointing.

Jennifer said...

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lowermainlandmom said...

Come on... you use to big a vocabulary to be confused with "special". Or, are you one of those massive underachievers at work?

Sadako said...

You could do both! Make her think you're the Rain Man of the office.

frenchie said...

at least you know now that all your other colleagues were not being rude. they just think you have a normal IQ and don't require that "for someone like you, you're doing a fantastic job" kind of attention!

Nej said...

At first I thought you were going to say she had a secret crush on you....but you think she thinks you're challenged?

I'd go with Moonspun's idea. It's perfect!!!!

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