UPDATES: WHEN THERE'S UNEXPLAINED DISTANCE IN A RELATONSHIP
PATRICK KENNEDY COVERED FOR CLINTON AT THE STATE DEPT
NO! THIS IS NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION EVER
FINALLY BACK IN THE SLOW LANE AFTER TEN DAYS AWAY, MOSTLY FAR FROM THE COMPUTER.
Great to be home.
However, just as I returned today, I was confronted with something that upset me greatly from a chance encounter at the grocery store. While it's beside the point to bore anyone with the details, let it suffice that I was hurt, angry and completely baffled as I left the conversation.
Later I sent another man friend I considered responsible for the mess a text message something to this effect:
Big D, Just ran into X coming out of the grocery and learned that blah, blah, blah....I am deeply hurt and baffled and hold you both responsible. It was an inexcusable over-sight on both your parts.
Within a few minutes I received his brilliant reply:
Call you in a bit so you can chew on my ass. As you know I'm just an inconsiderate SOB as I've always been. (Followed by a couple of hilarious guy symbols).
His response was so brilliant and disarming that I couldn't stay angry at him for long: He wanted to talk and put himself in the line of fire and my ire, rather that being silent or turning tail and running. He wanted to listen to a raving maniac while at the same time being self-effacing.
My kinda guy.
He called a few minutes later and while I tried to be a little mad, I just couldn't get a mean on even though he had been thoughtless and we didn't gloss over the issue. It ended up being such a civilized conversation that before long, we were laughing and ready to move on. He offered me a ride on his plane anytime he and his wife---also a dear friend--- fly to D.C., NYC or Florida. While that was more than a generous gesture on his part, and one he had made before, it was really not necessary.
What turned the tide completely for me was his disarming, charming, take responsibility response.
Now if only Donald Trump could have learned that with Hillary Clinton. It just might have turned the tide of history.