We have all had those moments in life when we have said or done something that we wished we could immediately take back. I recently had one of those embarrassing moments but I was on the other end of the situation so I couldn't take it back because I was the person being asked the question. I was asked if I was my husband's mother. Here is how that went down.

I was with my hubby at an appointment and I was there because he wanted me to help pick something out. I am not going to say where we were but you know it's a real downer when you get asked, "are you his mother?" I did the math and that means that she thought I looked close to 60, if I had gotten pregnant fresh out of high school. I guess that's what I get for marrying a younger-than-me man. This has happened before so it is time to get my smart comebacks ready. Who knew 11 years, 9 months and 21 days would confuse people so much at doctors' offices and Walmart?

Other things that people should avoid asking:


  • 1

    When are you expecting?

    There is a 50/50 chance that the woman you are asking may just be overweight. Or, you don't know if she just lost a baby. It's just safe to steer clear of this subject because seriously, do you really need to know?

  • 2

    Is That Your Grandson?

    Again, stay away from age questions. It might be that person's child and you have just insulted their choices in life.

  • 3

    How Much Weight Have You Lost?

    It is better to lead with something like "you look great." That way if she wants to say something about how much weight she has lost, the door is open.

  • 4

    Are You His Mom?

    Better yet, ask yourself if you really need to know before you ask any question.