Saturday, June 1, 2013

No, I can't say No


No…is the most difficult word in the dictionary for me.

Happy voice: ‘Wow, it’s been ages since we met! I’m dropping in to Bangalore. Will you pick me up from the airport at 10 in the night?’

Me: ‘aaah… well… er…’

Happy voice: ‘Thanks so much. Knew I could count on you.’

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Arbit person I meet at a neighbour’s: ‘You haven’t got Tupperware? You MUST buy Tupperware. I’ll come over tomorrow morning with some must-have pieces.’

Me: ‘I really don’t need any…’

Arbit person: ‘You just have to see them and you’ll want them all.’

Me: ‘Oh of course!’

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Nice client: ‘Hey, sorry to catch you on a Saturday night. But I really need this by tomorrow morning urgently.’

Me: ‘But it’s Saturday night….’

Nice client: ‘I know. Shame to spoil it for you. So tomorrow morning, ok? Thanks so much!’

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So, of course, it came as a major surprise to me, when my kids came around.

‘Mama, can we eat jam biscuits now?’

‘No’

‘Can we paint on the walls?’

‘No’

‘Can we ...’

‘No’

‘Don’t you know to say anything but No?’

18 comments:

  1. That's me, that's me, that's me... Couldn't have ever put it so well, Jane.

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    1. haha, i speak for the no-challenged masses!

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  2. OMG the Tupperware!!! My kitchen is full of it, and finally I can say No to it ;) !!! Otherwise I think this particular lady used to drop in everytime she needed to meet her targets :P

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    1. I think TUpperware ladies all come with an anti-no button

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    2. So can we also state that all ladies with an anti-no button are Tupperware ladies!! :)
      Ignore my sense of humour, the kid's school hasn't started yet and I am on a "no" overdrive!!

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  3. Thanks Jane.......Now I know where to go to for taxi services and to get rid of junk at a good price! I have a few buckets you will love them.....

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    1. heh, you shoulda known that about me already

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  4. lol :D Kids do help you know!

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    1. Yup - I'm a natural naysayer when it comes to them

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  7. No, I can't NOT read any of your posts...this one, including the Monday verdict (we could make a dual bench), and the black-out...were all so loveable!
    Wondering...if i were ever to want to meet you (totally out of fanfare), would you say a No? ;)

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    1. Haha, thanks Sonal. I'm tempted to write my second book and call it 'How Not to'.... in direct opposition of all the How To books that know it all.

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  8. I have problem saying "no" to people I know (random people I have no problem in saying no to).. All the Tupperware, Oriflame I own is because of them. A LOT of hard earned money has been wasted.
    Cant say no to crazy office deadlines either.. but I am working on that..

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  9. I can totally relate to this. Very funny with the kids, though.

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  10. Want to slap myself everytime I get tonguetied using this two lettered word!

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