How much do you make a year?
How much do you pay for rent monthly?
How old are you?
How much do you weigh?
Why don't you have kids?
Why aren't you married?
Do those kind of questions make you nervous? If you had asked them as a kid would you have gotten slapped in the face? Yeah, me too. As it turns out, though, those questions form part of the cultural divide between Americans and Latinos. Ever since I moved to Spanish six years ago I've been bombarded with questions of this sort, and somehow, I'm the one that comes out sweating and nervous instead of the person asking this very inappropriate question.
Here's some examples of exact statements people (both JWs and non) have made to me within the past month:
1. Wow, you really filled out when you went to the U.S.
2. Be happy you got sick, Shawn. You lost weight.
and the kicker from my elderly neighbor I saw on the street this week....
3. You look fatter today!....to which I responded "I don't even know what to say to that."
How are you dealing with these questions? Laughing? Crying? A snarky reply? I think I need to grow a tougher skin.