I think the dirty little secret is that, no matter how much a person may like their job, there is still a good portion of the populace that are not morning people. It fascinates me though that there is this unspoken rule about salutations in the morning.
A curt: “Hi there.”
The rhetorical, non- information seeking, and foreigner confusing: “How’s it going?”
The crazy friendly you-should-not-be-nearly-this-chipper: “Good morning there! Isn’t it a lovely day?” I’m convinced that these are the people that think in double and triple exclamation marks.
I’m a bleary-eyed “Mornin’” –er. I usually toss in a smile just to play the game even though I’m a hair away from growling. Until today, when my game got ruined.
I just come back from the dentist this morning and they had numbed my upper gums which seeped into all my smiling muscles. I would lift the bottom of my jowls and not too much else happened. It was a fun, creepy effect.
Of course at the doorway intersection into the back of the library, I had to run into someone, who took one look at my face and attempted a hesitant, “Good morning?”
My reply was a dead faced and more mumbling than usual, “Morning!” More mumbling than usual means that I’m positive that came out as a guttural noise and not English. [I may have asked for the third chicken on the left in Farsi, but I’m not sure.] Their steps quicken passed me and I touched my hand to my chest, looking back at the people I accidently snarled at. ‘There goes my long worked for morning mojo,’ I thought.
I then got an e-mail from R, “I saw you driving to work this morning. You looked so serious and grim; it made me smile at how much I dislike being awake in the morning.”
Speaking of R, I finally lured her to the dark side. We know R, right? The Rebuker? The gal that writes better comments that make my posts look dingy and sometimes even make them smell bad? Well, with power like that, she decided (with much prodding) that she needed her own blog. Would you go say hi to her? She’s writing like a philosophical bat out of hell already and I may need help while I catch up with my comments.