“Congratulations! You will be receiving a…”
Let’s set the scene: I’m on the phone with a Mary Kay lady, for a good 30 minutes now, because one of my friends is now selling Mary Kay and needs to listen to her supervisor explain the workings of Mary Kay a certain number of times.. so I said sure, I’ll help you out and take this phone call.
I’m wandering erratically in my backyard, watering plants, messing around, while learning the business plan of Mary Kay which is sorta interesting, but at the same time not. The lady I am talking to is very bubbly and nice, but the phone kept cutting out at certain points making it hard to hear her.
She explained the “self promotion” aspect of being a Mary Kay person, and this is what I heard:
“Ok Frances! Now I am going to give you an example scenario! And I want you to fill in the blank of the last word! Say you get called into your doctor’s office, and he says, ‘Congratulations! You will be receiving a…. the word starts with ‘P’!”
…… silence on my end………. I’m at a total loss. Who gets randomly called into their doctors office with such a congratulatory tone? I stall: “Ummm sorry, is that ‘T’ or ‘P’?”
“‘P’ as in ‘pet’! Go ahead, fill in the blank! ‘Congratulations, you will be receiving a….”
Wow, ok, this is really odd……. but I have to say something! “A … physical?”
Actually, the word was “promotion,” because this scenario didn’t take place in a healthcare setting at all…. but rather “in your bosses office.”
At which point the conversation derailed quite a bit, for me at least. It was taking all my concentration not to giggle uncontrollably or end with a double “you-too!” moment, like I nearly did in my real bosses office the other day:
Me: “Ok, bye! Have a nice evening!”
Boss: “You too, thanks!”
Me: “You t—- uh, right, bye!”
And also I would like a promotion…. ? … sigh.