Sunday, June 29, 2008

Reading Between the Lines

I have a flesh friend who required that I learn to read between the lines. It took years but I think I have finally acquired some skill in that area.

"oh come on over any time... any time at all."

Now don't be foolish and drop in unannounced. You might get a very chilly reception, regardless of what was said. What was said and what was meant are often two different things. There are some things you say simply because it is the polite thing to say.

I hadn't seen my friend for a couple of weeks so I was a little surprised yesterday when she called about 4:30pm. First, that's way later than is usual. Way late. Then she asked me if I wanted to come over. I wasn't sure if that's what she really wanted or not, but I begged off anyway. Too hot. It was too hot and I didn't want to leave my apartment which was about 15 degrees cooler than outside. When she said 'maybe tomorrow' I said, 'yeah... maybe tomorrow.'

She called a few minutes ago and asked if I wanted to come over. I couldn't tell for sure if she really wanted a visitor or not. I was almost on the verge of saying 'oh sure... why not. I need to get out of the apt. for a while' but fortunately I heard it. I heard her little 'tell'. Its something in her voice... a little something. I can't even describe it, but it was there, so I passed on coming over.

I think my friend was relieved. I know I was... relieved that I picked up on the tell. You could hear it in her voice.


Wanda said...

Does your friend read your blog??

Just asking (((smile)))

The Crusty Crone said...

haha.. no, she doesn't even know about blogs. The pc is evil, except for email jokes. She doesn't have a pc of her own... just has email access because of her job. And 'job' means you can't sit up there and just surf, so I don't think she'll find it (the blog). And that's one of the reasons I don't use my real name. I haven't told anyone about my blog.

cat's momma said...

Hahaha...I was wondering about that myself! I have to try to remember who in the family reads my blogs and never comments, because I could forget and write something I'd regret. There is one place I can write the absolute truth, and you, CC, know where that is...haha!

Wanda said...

CC I have three daughters who are not blogger friendly, but I'm sure they look at mine from time to time... So I am also, careful to think what I am saying...can't use names only "daughter, grandson, etc.
On the other hand my son Myk, is open to anything I want to write or post on him or their family...crazy how different kids can be....

I guess I should have made up a name...but it's too late now!!

Have a Great DAy!!