I am back from the brink of a Facebook faux pas. Yes, I was about to drop a comment on my son's FB page--the page he posted that linked to a Russian version of a page of his.
On his post, he was wondering what all those Cyrillic letters added up to, but I keyed in on his photo on the "Russian" page. His expression was--to a mom's way of thinking--too serious and kind of dour. I was going to tell him (in the most jovial way, of course) to lighten up--un petit sourire--for his Russian ancestry.
Then, whew, I thought better of it. This is a page that his friends and acquaintances--including those he does business with--see. No matter how humorous or witty the wording, a mom's commentary, especially about his appearance, is a poor choice. Even inappropriate, given that he is a grown man using Facebook to interact with industry peers. It would be belittling to have his mom tell him in a public space to put a more welcoming expression on his face. Besides, how unwise of me to remind him that I am nosing around his musings and casting a critical eye.
So I'll just say it here: un petit sourire. Or for those Russian ancestors: Немного улыбаться. He doesn't have to see it nor do his friends and--more to the point--neither do the people he works with.