Ever since Day 1 of my married life, people have been asking me if I’m pregnant or already have kids. I tell them in my usual cheery voice, “Coming soon!” I don’t mind the questioning really. What I do mind is when they ask, “So are you pregnant yet?” and then they reach out and touch my tummy. Even total strangers do that. Well, okay, not strangers… acquaintances is more the appropriate term.
I’m a demonstrative person. I like hugging people, holding on to their arms, giving them a pat on the back. I only do this however to people close to me. So it really irritates me when people who I hardly consider close friends reach out and touch my tummy. I wanna say, “Watch the hand! You’re invading my personal space!”
Receiving a pat on the back from an acquaintance for a job well done is fine. But a pat on the tummy? All I do is freeze. Sometimes I inhale so they don’t feel my love handles (LOL!). The truth is I get really annoyed. I mean, I don’t do that to my pregnant friends. If I wanna feel their tummy, I ask for permission first.
I just had to let that out. Just because you’re asking or concerned if your friend’s pregnant, it doesn’t give you the right to reach out and touch her tummy! Never forget the concept of personal space, man!
Maybe I should wear a shirt that says, “No, I am not yet pregnant so don’t even think of touching my tummy.” Heehee.