The only reason I know my cat likes me is because after barely being home for a week she hasn’t left my side in three days. She sleeps with me now, apparently. It’s adorable and annoying because she can’t just sleep in the bed with me she has to sleep on me and I like to wiggle around a lot before I sleep. Then I end up feeling guilty when she gets out of bed because I disrupted the nest she’s made on top of my ass.
Sometimes I think about the fact that people tip-toe around bad news.
Sometimes it makes me happy.
Sometimes it pisses me right the fuck off.
I remember talking with someone I knew once, trying to figure out who had started some rumor about me. Every time I would guess he would say no until I landed on a few certain names of people I thought to be friends, then he’d just clam up, wouldn’t say anything at all. No denial or confirmation, but then silence is sometimes just as telling. That was a time when it pissed me off.
Then there’s times when people do the same thing, little things, like when you ask someone a question about yourself. They sort of talk around the question, almost but not quite actually answering you and then I like it. I like knowing that it’s bad news people tip-toe around then, because I still get to know their answers without the harshness of having my flaws pointed out to me bluntly.
However, no matter how much I may like or dislike this particular trait in the people I have observed, I absolutely can’t stand people who can’t appreciate it at all or those who don’t notice it. I hate that people will ask their questions, then cry and scream and call the people who answers liars for having tip-toed around their bad news rather than telling them outright. No one lied to you. You just refused to see the other person’s answers for what they were. No one strung you along, no one made you think that their words meant something they didn’t. You came to your own conclusions, you made up your own answers, because somehow you’ve not noticed that no one hesitates over good news.
They don’t come up with non-answers, or edge around what was asked when they have an answer for you that is good. They do it when they know what the truth is may hurt you, when they don’t want to cause you excess pain. They tip-toe and edge around their answers because they don’t want to upset you, but care enough about their and your well-being not to lie to you, as that would probably end up doing more damage than good. So they skirt around their negative comment or the unpleasant messages they bring to you, but they aren’t lying. You’re just not seeing what they’re saying.
A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.
A question mark walks into a bar?
Two quotation marks “Walk into” a bar.
A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to drink.
The bar was walked into by a passive voice.
Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They drink. They leave.
THANKS FOR TEACHING ME THINGS THAT ENGLISH CLASS HAS FAILED TO ACKNOWLEDGE