This is the eighth installment of Barren Advice. You can ask questions that are fertility or non-fertility related. But today, I am turning the tables on you.
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Rather than answer advice today, I am asking advice from you. An etiquette question on correcting your elders. I have a friend who is considerably older and wiser who has two facts wrong about me yet keeps repeating them every time she introduces me to a new person. The first one, that I have "incredible blue eyes" is clearly wrong if I'm being introduced to the person face-to-face. Usually the person nods, peers at my eyes, gets a confused expression on their face, and we move on. No one has said to her, "but she doesn't have blue eyes!" Yet.
The other fact, that I play violin, is not immediately apparent. Though I took one violin lesson during college, I'm not sure where this idea comes from, but she thinks it is one of the most interesting things about me and therefore adds it to every introduction. Every once in a while, the person turns out to be an violin player too and asks me a question but for the most part, this fact is simply noted and we all move on in the conversation.
I've gently corrected my friend via email and in conversation, pointing out that my eyes are hazel and I don't play violin at all. Yet by the time we see each other again, she has forgotten this and adds these two incorrect facts into the next introduction. How hard would you push to have these facts corrected? Would you send another email or make a phone call about it or correct her in the moment when she is making the introduction? Would you simply allow legions of people to walk away from a conversation with you believing they are colour-blind if they see my eyes for what they are (hazel) or that they've just spoken to a violinist?
So give me advice today.
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