Quick Exit.

3 Nov

One thing that I absolutely hate is the ‘awkward’ removal of yourself in a dining situation.

You know the one I mean .

Scenario: You are sitting at a dinner table – you have finished dessert and  have politely declined the coffee.

Don’t get me wrong- you have had a wonderful night & the last thing you want to do it be rude. Its not an escape you are after it’s a polite QUICK exit.

The host is oblivious (or decides to actively ignore) your body language, which is screaming that you are ready to GO.  Whilst the host fires more questions at you…you are strategically working out a way to look at your watch without making it obvious (TIP: turning the watch to face yourself and then doing a quick glance downwards works well).


Slowly, you attempt to make your intent to leave more obvious –

1. The loud yawn

2. How comment about ‘how early you got up this morning’

3. A complaint about the long drive home

Sometimes none of these work.

Next step, is the

1. Jiggling of the keys

2. Repeated glances towards the door

3. Fidgeting followed by the slow shuffle out of your seat

4. TIP: For those with infants – do as my dad did – he would pinch our leg and waited until we cried – this guaranteed a quick exit out!! (Who wants a screaming baby?)

Solution: Invent a red card system – hold the red card up and you are out…

I think as you get older your patience for this passive-aggressive ‘exit behaviour’ starts to diminish entirely. My grandfather is the best at this- when he wants to leave (even if you are mid-sentence) he will bang his hands on the table (not in an aggressive way) and always states ‘well…its time for me to go’. Before, I’ve even had time to look up & load my spoon with mum’s famous daal – I can hear his car reversing out our drive way….that’s how it should be. Like pulling a band-aid – do it quickly, without thinking and it leads to less prolonged pain.


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