Thursday, May 7, 2015

My mental health is just fine, thank you

GENERALLY SPEAKING, IT'S rude to inquire about another person's mental health.

There are always interesting people coming into Second String Music. On Tuesday we had an older man come in and give Sheryl a hard time about one of our instruments. She dealt with it and moved on.

The guy came back yesterday. Of course I was in the back in lessons both times. He started in with Sheryl again, and he admitted to trying to make her angry. That morphed into him inquiring about her mental health, because he was quite concerned about upsetting her and how she held in her emotions.

Sheryl looked at him calmly and said, "My mental health is none of your business. I'm going to walk away now, before both of us says something we'll later regret."

And she did.

After Mr. Mental Health left, another customer who witnessed the exchange looked at Sheryl and quipped, "Momma said there'd be days like this." Tension broken, laughter ensued. That is how we roll here.

Owning a small business means dealing with people, all kinds of people. You have to be as fair and calm as possible. And you have to keep it together at all times.

So. Sheryl's mental health is fine, although she is married to me and that's enough to drive anybody bat-bleep crazy.

Thanks for asking. or not.

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