I’m Officially an Asshole

I just popped my head into a new colleagues office who just returned from time off. She’s known as the least difficult one to get along with so I thought I would try to be friendly. 

“Hey there, how was your vacation?”

She squinted.

“I didn’t go on vacation. I was on bereavement.”

She’s pregnant so me being the idiot I am just assumed it was some kind of time off for pregnancy things.

“What’s that?”, I asked, anticipating to hear about some Lamaze class she went to.

She looked up.

“My husbands mother passed away.”

I went pale.

“Oh god, I’m sorry.. I didn’t know. I’m very sorry for your loss… If you need anything, let me know.”

She shook her head.

“That’s fine. ”

She then handed me a big pile of files to scan and alphabetize.




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