- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2015
So today is my coworker’s 40th birthday. Everyone in the office is taking her out to lunch. It’s a small office, comprised of about 10 people. Most of them are women. And everyone is much older than me. I’m 25 and if I weren’t here, my coworker who turns 40 today, would be the youngest person in the office.
I’m also shy and hard of hearing. So I try to avoid situations like going out to eat with a big group at restaurants.
So today, one of my other coworkers, let’s call her “K”, asked me if I was going to lunch with everyone today to celebrate my coworker’s birthday.
I was a little put on the spot and stammered out “I can’t.” Then I could tell that she was taken aback that I didn’t offer a reason, I cringed and said “I can’t, I’m kind of broke right now. I’m sorry.”
And btw, this is true. I actually am broke. This is not a lie. But I have to admit, I was glad to have a legitimate reason to back out of the lunch. Social gatherings with more than 3 people always stress me out.
Anyway, K said okay then went back to her office.
And just now, K came back into my office, whispered to me that she had talked it over with the others and that they would pay for my lunch.
Sigh. Great. Now everyone knows I’m broke. And I told K “No, I can’t do that, I feel weird about that.”
K said, “No, no no, it’s okay, we don’t mind!”
I kind of went speechless. Then finally said, “Okay well….I guess I’ll come to lunch then. Thank you”
K said “No problem!” then walked back to her office.
Sigh. Now I HAVE to go to the lunch. And what’s worse is that they are paying for me and they know that I’m broke. Gah! This is so embarassing.