When you think “nerd” what comes to mind? How do you define it?
I was recently called a nerd.
Cool, urbane, chic, witty, tea drinking, Masterpiece Theater watching, book a week reader….
But do you know why I was called a nerd?
I mean really, it could be any of those things- I realize that I do have some hobbies/traits that can be considered “nerdy”, yet, it wasn’t for any of the things these things that the word “nerd” was tossed in my direction.
It was because I was carrying my dog.
Betty tends to exhaust herself when we go to the park. Often, when we are walking home, she just plops her little body on the sidewalk. You would think she weighed 800 pounds instead of eight the way she just becomes immobile. She is unmovable by leash.
And because I was carrying my dog, this couple passed me and I heard them say to one another:
Who carries their dog. What a nerd.
My first reaction was saying %%^$% you to them, but I try not to curse before 10am
I turned around and looked at them and I then wanted to say; Have you looked in a mirror lately? But I’m trying to only say nasty things to people on alternate Thursdays…
Because really, if I were to be uncharitable…I could have further commented on their clothing, their general demeanor, or their uncoolness….
But I’m trying to be nice…
So I ask the unanswerable question: Why do people feel the need to comment about others?
I was minding my own business, not harming anyone, just carrying my dog…
Is that really something that should be commented on- loud enough for me to hear it?
Do people really think they’re “better” than someone else?
Didn’t this behavior end in high school?
In a world where we are supposed to respect what people do, who people are, why are we still so mean to one another?