I try to shy away from pointing out the errors or mistakes of others because I find that, although probably well-meaning, the correction is often perceived as arrogant or condescending. I also don't like to embarrass people when they make a mistake because heaven knows I make enough of my own. Unless I am in a professional setting or debating with friends, I typically just ignore the gaff in an effort to allow the conversation to flow.
Yesterday I found myself in a situation
that put my ability to overlook to the true test. I had a lengthy
conversation (albeit one way) with a young lady (early 20's) who
excitedly jabbered about going to the zoo to see the "real live
dinosaurs." According to her report, the National Zoo in DC had just
acquired a real live dinosaurs (because they need to be in pairs) which
is rare because you have to jump through a lot of hoops to develop the
correct habitat for the animals. She continued by justifying her
excitement because she had only seen the bones so she was eager to see
them alive with skin.
Um, okay. At first I thought that she
was kidding, or that perhaps I misunderstood her story. By the time I
processed that she was legitimately excited about the dinosaurs moving
into the zoo it felt awkward to interject reality. Who am I to point
out the pesky inconvenience of extinction in her plans. I have to admit,
the evil part of me is excited to see her again in a few weeks so I can
learn about her visit to the zoo.