(Closed) Is it just me or are your colleagues nosy too??

posted 7 years ago in Waiting
Post # 3
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I definitely know the feeling. After going back last break three teachers had gotten engaged and I had a lot of questions about when mine was coming. Now I sit in a faculty office with four engaged women!! We are all really young so there are also multiple pregnancies going on and some days it gets really hard. To make matters worse because I work in a high school the students also am aware that I have a SO and are constantly asking if I am engaged yet. Some of my grade 10 students have taken to giving me tips on how to get him to propose. Obviously I fob them off and get onto teaching but some days it makes me want to laugh and other days cry. Nosy people at work is certainly a roller coaster so I certainly understand what you are going through.

Post # 4
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I taught at a middle school for 6 years and was single the entire time. I hated being asked multiple times after each break: “so did you meet someone?” I know they are just curious, and I admit that I ask these questions of other people. But it’s still frustrating. There were times I wanted to send an e-mail to the entire building that said, “Yes, I’m still single. I will tell you when I find someone I want to date. THE NEXT PERSON THAT ASKS ME ABOUT IT WILL GET PUNCHED IN THE FACE!” Maybe my issue was more that I was still single and not that my coworkers were being nosy. 😉

This year however, I am really excited to go back. I took the ’10-’11 school year off from teaching. During that time I started dating a wonderful guy and now we’re engaged. I am so excited to have a different answer for all those nosy coworkers.

Post # 5
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Mine are very nosey but we work in a small team of about 6, and they are all married except me!

I hate talking to them about my personal life, and don’t ask into theirs unless they want to talk about it themselves. Is it wrong that when I get married I don’t want to invite them to the reception?

Post # 6
1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  Ohhh yeah! My Fiance and I are in a long distance relationship. For the first two years that I taught at my school, every time I would return from a visit, my co-workers would be asking the same questions. It did get annoying. I just started giving short answers and changing the subject really fast. I did feel like they cared, but at the same time, it was just an annoying reminder that it hadn’t happened yet!

Post # 7
3255 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@W8ingBee: Please, please don’t take it personally. I’m a high school teacher, and many of the ladies there- especially the older ones- ask about my personal life all the time.

I used to think it was rude until one of them hugged me one day and said, “I just love how we can live vicariously through you. We love you so much.”

They work with kids all day and really just want to hear some dirt. It’s that simple. 

I’m not saying it’s not rude or a tad bit unprofessional, but teachers tend to create a real community in the school they share, so they are probably just really excited for you to get engaged. I don’t think they mean it as a slam to you in any way, as in “Hmm, really? No ring yet? How weird.” 

As some practical advice, when questions get personal or you don’t feel like answering them, laugh them off and they’ll stop. Some of the ladies asked me about when we were trying to get pregnant, money, and stuff that Darling Husband and I haven’t even really figured out yet. I always just say, “Aww, c’mon now, let’s just focus on work.” They always get the hint. 

Don’t give excuses for not getting engaged yet. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, so if they ask, just smile and say “Not yet! But we did go on an amazing vacation this summer…” and launch into something else. 

Post # 8
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It’s not just a teacher thing.  I think when people know you have been in a relationship for a while, they start asking questions about you getting engaged.  And I don’t think they mean any harm by it but I think you honestly have to go through a waiting period like we are in order to really appreciate what it feels like to really want to get engaged but to have to wait whatever amount of time for your SO to propose.  I would just tell anyone who asks that no I’m not engaged yet, flash a smile and keep it moving.  Yes it will be irritating and may make your waiting days that much more painful, but hopefull, they will eventually get the hint and stop asking.

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