The Other Half of the Story

Moment of redemption for someone else: Many years ago an elderly relative of mine profoundly and intentionally offended Anne at a family event where I was not present (details not necessary but this Google search will give you the general idea.) Although Anne wasn’t there this time, he sought me out specially to apologise sincerely and completely. It just goes to show that there is always hope.

Moment of redemption for me: Particularly good to see my old friends from college yesterday, in that one of them was my girlfriend for five and a half years, and then we parted company at my instigation and not in the best possible way. Good to meet up after a very long time and reassure myself that a) it was the right decision back then but b) we can in fact be good friends now even though we were once lovers.

Moment of someone else’s embarrassment: As I was bantering with one of my cousins and his girlfriend about marriage, his father came over and gleefully asked, “Is there something you haven’t told us? Your girlfriend’s down on the seating plan with our surname rather than hers!” The poor lad turned quite pale. Of course, it was a mistake (or possibly just well-meaning shorthand) on the seating plan.

Awful moment of my own embarrassment: Having thought I’d picked up hints and signals earlier in a conversation with one of the thirtysomething relatively recently married women who I hadn’t seen for a while, I thought it would probably be daring but all right to say brightly, “So, are you pregnant, or just fat?” The glacial reply, “Just fat”. And of course, she isn’t especially overweight, I had just misinterpreted the thirty-something bulge (and my own is much worse). I wished the ground would open up and swallow me. Next time think very hard before opening mouth and inserting foot.

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1 Response to The Other Half of the Story

  1. bellinghman says:

    I thought 1632 was great fun, and 1633 was OK. I’m not particularly grabbed by the thought of reading the rest of the series. I imagine they’ve fallen into the trap that each book needs to cover a year, no more, no less, which can be problematic. (c.f Harry Potter.)

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