I need some advice guys. How do you get people to mind their own buiseness without coming off as rude?
I was invited to a jw gathering last night. It was at my study conductor's place (for those of you who are wondering why a wordly person like myself would get invited anyway). There was this couple who kept asking me questions about my life. What , in the beggining, seemed like an innocent attempt to get to know me better quickly turned into an interrogator. They startered with basic questions such as, "which university you go to", "are you parents against your religious beliefs", "do you have any siblings" ect. And then, before I knew it they were all up in my business:
-what are your parents names?
-say my parents great grand-parents name
-What do they do for a leaving?
-I don't know if my parents would agree with me sharing this info with strangers in their absence...
-Do your parents come pick you when finish work?
-What do you do in your spare time?
-I like reading and watching tv shows
-Grey's anatomy and documentaries on serial killers and psychology.
-you are a very pretty lady. You must have a lot of friends. Do you?
-thanks for the complinent if you meant it. I have a lot of acquittances from work and school, but very few friends and I'm fine with it.
-what about boys? Do you have friends of the opposite sex?
-Do you sometimes have to work with a male partner on school work?
-Only if I want to.
-That's a cute ring that you are wearing. Who got you that?
-a little bird :-p. Do you know where the restroom is? I need to call my mother before she starts to worry.
I really try to be as vague as possible in my answers, but wow!!!! I'm wondering if at that point I should have let the couple know that I was uncomfortable with their questions. If they weren't my elders, I would have told them to mind their business.
For the introverted ex-jws/jws out there, how did you manage to protect your pravicy from the brothers and sisters without compromising your good manners.