I met you friend during my morning walk, said my husband soon after he returned home.
Oh, which friend of mine is this? I asked.
Well who ever it is, just a well meant remark of mine seems to have provoked your friend and I was left at the receiving end, he said looking pained.
What did you say? I asked feeling quite annoyed with my friend whose identity I was yet to know.
Well, I just said ‘you look tired’ and thought it was a very harmless remark of mine until I got a mouthful of accusations which perhaps I didn’t deserve.
I think you shouldn’t have said so even if it was true, I said.
What’s wrong in saying someone looks tired? he countered.
Was this friend of mine on the wrong side of fifty? I asked, suddenly remembering something I read.
Perhaps, much more than that, he replied.
My friend’s reaction is quite understandable because she must have thought you are trying to be diplomatic about her age, I suggested.
Please credit me with some manners. People normally get provoked when you say they look old or look their age, he observed.
By the way, you have still not mentioned her name, I said still cursing my friend’s unwarranted reaction at a simple observation of his.
I think you feel your friend belongs to your gender, he stated and ‘that surely will make you rethink on your presumption and also make you happy,’ he added.
n.meera raghavendra rao