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?”
“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.
FACE PALM MOMENT.