"Are you al'right?"
Little did I know that this phrase is our equivalent of "how are you?" A one word answer will do...don't give them a list of your troubles. For two months, I just thought that everyone thought I was emotionally unstable (probably because I was), and was actually inquiring about how I was coping. I actually started crying one day in the church nursery when another mother asked me this...imagine my embarrassment a few weeks later when it hit me that she really just wanted me to say "yes, you?"