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Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Power of the Tongue

Sitting at my son's college preview session, I heard an irritated "dad" exclaim "he's an idiot. His badge said State Farm Business building. He isn't a business major. He's just a moron!". I turned and saw the look of anguish on the face of who I assume was his wife. I wanted so badly to turn around and say "you're the idiot, you moron. If you had been listening, you would know that they said the major doesn't necessarily match the building the meeting is held in!".

Instead I gave a sympathetic smile to the wife. And my mind began to race---I bet he's a stepdad. I bet she has a hard time dealing with him. I bet he's verbally abusive. I bet, I bet, I bet.

Life is short, and difficult enough. It's really, really hard when we choose partners who don't mind mutilating us (or our children) with their tongues. It's no wonder people have become jaded about marriage.