Sunday, September 7, 2014

the "Follow Up"

One of my pet peeves has always been yenting.Y'know? The yachnas that get the odd phone call about you? The ones you avoid with a fifteen foot pole because they are so annoying and always in your business?
Well, occasionally, it DOES so happen that these yentas get a Shidduch phone call about you. You can't help it and you definitely can't control it. But what's worse, is that once that call is made and the damage is done that woman will make it her business to follow up with you.
She will call your house, to tell your parents/you that she received a call.
She will give a play by play of all the good things she told them and at the same time, will have asked them LOADS of questions about the guy in question (for her own yenting purposes, of course) and perhaps even let you in on some information about the guy.
She will meet you on the street/at the grocery/at a shiur/in shul and give you the nudge, nudge, wink, wink and in the sweet singsong voice 'nu?? what's happening with that guy I spoke to about you? Did you go out?'
This will go on, literally and you will have no choice but to succumb to the yachna that received the phone call. Since I'm in Shidduchim this has indeed happened occasionally and what I've come to realize is no matter how much you avoid it, and  how much it's always the wrong person-it will always be the most annoying person who gets the call. And she WILL follow up. She will MAKE it her business.
I usually just humm and haaww and try and make up any excuse that comes to mind.
I thought I might give you guys a try-see what you can come up with as a response to the follow up questions and we will post the comments below.
Use Your Creativity People!

1 comment:

  1. "I got a call about you."


    "I gave great information, you know."

    "I'm sure you did."

    "His name was ______."


    "Did he call you?"


    (Now getting nervous, because maybe I will think that she gave bad information.)

    "He didn't? But I gave great information! He better call!"


    I find the best way to handle this is to stay quiet, and if you do talk, stick to monosyllabic replies. And if she keeps pushing, give her a wink and smile, "Since when do we Jews talk about such things?" Either we get hysterical over ayin hara (supposedly) or we don't. That's why I get super-mad when someone doesn't breathe a word when their daughter dates, but terrorizes everyone else for dirt.