“I hope you’re well!”
This is my favourite way to start an email at work which I know isn’t going to be well received. I use it on a regular basis alongside the ever-popular “have a great weekend!” It says ‘I’m friendly and care how you are – please don’t tell my boss about this.’ If I like the person I’m sending the email to, I might even add a smiley face at the end for emphasis.
Whilst it has its place in the office as a way to ease the blow of bad news, I can’t help but feel a little disheartened that some of my friends have started mentioning how well they hope I am in their text messages to me. It’s the equivalent of commenting on a bloggers “great post” – you want to let the person know that you’re thinking of them but don’t care enough to ask.
Consequently, I find great difficulty in responding to someone who tells me that they hope life’s treating me well. No questions have been posed, so I can’t give them updates on what I had for dinner or rant about the price of public transport.“I hope you’re well” adds a full stop to any further conversation you planned to have with the person in question – they’re dumping you over text without hope of a second date.
The next time someone tries it I think I’ll say “actually I have genital herpes” to see if they feel as awkward as me – that’ll teach ‘em!