Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words hurt via email.

The following is a series of email conversations, sent back and forth to an audience of five or six people from different departments within my company – I was the only girl, as usual.


Guillaume: “Perhaps we can discuss [a particular marketing issue] over lunch tomorrow?”

Everyone agrees and a restaurant is selected.


Guillaume: “Sorry everyone, I have too much going on today. Can we meet next week? Plus, Jillian looks half-dead.”

We reschedule for next week.


Guillaume: “Sorry, I need to bump this lunch to next week again. I had another meeting come up unexpectedly. Plus, Jillian, though she looks less dead than last week, still looks bad today. It’s embarrassing, really.”


Guillaume: “Yes, lunch is still on today. Jillian looks decent enough to take into public. Not great, though.”

Thanks guys.

One thought on “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words hurt via email.

  1. It’s a good thing you were raised on sarcasm and wise-cracks. Just tell them “I may look tired and half dead, but you’re ugly, and I can get some sleep”.

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