The Least Expected Laughter
Posted June 19, 2014on:
I was at a meeting earlier in the week to begin planning for an upcoming large event. There were about 10 people on the committee and we all did not know each other.
So, we did the round robin of introductions, with people saying their names and which building or department we worked in.
I shared my name and then started to say which building I was from, but blocked as I was saying the first word. The block lasted only about 5 seconds, but was long enough to be noticeable.
A woman across from me laughed and said, “what, did you forget where you work?”
Ah, we’ve all heard this or been asked the equally ridiculous “did you forget your name?”
I’ve been so good over the past few years in not letting this bother me as it once did, but on this day, it did. The woman who laughed is a special needs teacher.
I didn’t expect for someone who works with people with differences and disabilities to be so quick to laugh and make such an offensive comment. I expected her to be more sensitive and professional.
That’s what stung the most. The expectation that someone “in the know” would be the last person to laugh and be rude.
I shared this with some friends in a Facebook group and they asked me how I responded. I didn’t respond – I said nothing as I didn’t want to draw any attention to how embarrassed I felt.
I wish this stuff wouldn’t happen but it still does. I’m an adult who stutters. Imagine how a kid would feel if they had been laughed at like that.