“Doesn’t he realize he’s in a very public and professional setting?” I thought when a colleague pushed rice onto his fork with his fingers. Are manners unimportant? Let alone, hygiene! I noticed his fingers were greasy from the food pushing as he reached for his handkerchief to blow his nose.
No, he did not excuse himself; he blew it at the table freely, over his lunch plate. I had to keep my mouth shut, steer away from looking grossed out and try my best to not judge. I don’t judge, but I do wonder.
At home or out at a coffee shop with a friend, I would easily squeal, “Helloooo! I’m eating!” But not at work. At work, we are expected to accept the disintegration of table manners, the neglect of hygiene. It feels like I must accept this gross aspect of professionalism because I may come off as intolerant, “OCD,” or worse, “bitchy.”
Call me crazy, but these bad hygiene habits are showing up in professional settings as a pattern. I noted another incident that demonstrates this pattern in Soapduds.
Okay, okay, so we can’t say anything. I know. I admit, I forfeit hygiene for the sake of appearing cool and collected.
Goldie Hawn’s character, however, in the film, Overboard, shamelessly reprimands someone she’s hired. Now, I don’t think any of us should follow this example, but it sure is a refreshing, silly take on the subject, not to mention Goldie’s killer bod and sass. Check out this clip below.
I’m so pleased to announce that three of my poems, “Slots,” “Scraping” and “Make a Decision” have been published in Barking Sycamores Literary Magazine Issue 13. Barking Sycamores is dedicated to neurodivergent literature and its craft. I’m so honored to be a part of this project. Barking Sycamores Issue 13
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