Happy To See You

, , , , | Working | February 22, 2019

(I go into a post office to mail a package. When the teller calls me over, I greet him with a big smile.)

Me: “Good morning!”

Teller: “Stop that. This is a government building. Stop being so happy.”

(If I thought he was serious, I would have been horrified, but something about his manner suggests that he is putting on the “cranky old man” role.)

Me: *brightly* “Okay!”

Teller: “Not good enough!”

(Ever since then, I have made it a point to be as sunny and cheerful as possible when I go to that post office. The next time I go in…)

Me: *brightly* “Hi, there!”

Teller: *sullenly* “Oh, it’s you. Are you ever not happy?”

(He said it darkly, but I could detect a hint of a smile. The next time I went to the post office, he wasn’t in, so I told the teller to tell him that “that annoyingly cheerful girl says hi.”)

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