Today I am putting out a little rant. I rarely do this, but I think I've had enough.
"Would you like some water, sweetie?"
"Nah, I'm good".
This phrase in banned in my household. It seems to have replaced the polite, "No thank you", and quite frankly, this pisses me off.
Let me tell you why it irks the hell out of me when you use this phrase (I'll use "you" as my pronoun for some impact). Someone is offering to do something for you, and the only thing you are focusing on is yourself by exclaiming the fact that your needs are met. End of story. No "thank you", no expression of gratitude for thinking about you. You are focusing on yourself at a moment when someone else is thinking about you. So at this point, you are the king of the world, exclaiming that your needs are met and that your subjects may retreat. OK, so that may be a little exaggerated, but you get my point.
Where is the gratitude, people?
I'm not asking for a hug and, "Mom, thanks for thinking of me, you always take such good care of me", but at least a little acknowledgement that someone noticed that you may need or want something, was willing to either stop what they were doing or include you in their preparation and offer to help you in some way. That would be nice.
So if this makes any impact on you, please do your best to drop this phrase from your colloquialisms- at home, at the office, in a restaurant. And if you feel so compelled, ban it from your household as well. One by one, maybe we can continue on the simplest, easiest form of gratitude that exists.
Ok, I'm done.