Truthful Tuesday: 23 August

Di is standing in for Melanie again this week. Here is her question.

Today my question is about first impressions. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, but how about first impressions on you?
Whether it’s on a blind date, an interview, or meeting the new significant other’s parents, how do you react if the person isn’t how you imagined? Do you try to find some common ground, simply be polite, or shrug your shoulders?

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If I get a negative first impression of a person and I know I won’t be meeting them again I can be polite and just shrug my shoulders after they have gone. It used to make me very nervous if I felt an interviewer didn’t like me when I applied for a job. It’s not an issue now of course but as I got older, I definitely worried about it less and that probably helped me at interviews a little.

If it’s someone I’m going to have to deal with again it’s more of an issue. I hope that my first impression was not a true one. Maybe they were having a bad day if they seemed rude or bad tempered. It is annoying that they would act that way with me if it was something else that was bothering them but people do that sometimes. I’m willing to see whether they are different the next time we meet.

If I’m going to have to deal with a person who appears to be grumpy, stupid or exhibits some other negative behaviour I’ll try to find some common ground and not let myself get angry or upset because that won’t help.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


    • It is. It’s a lot less stress to try and get along with people. I am probably more opinionated and less patient than I once was but I don’t go around being rude to people.


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