Reading an email from a high school “friend,” this person proceeds to tell me they don’t like dogs…cue to the record scratch here!
It took me a hot minute to process what I had read because this individual knows how important dogs are to me and what they mean to me.
You can tell this person is not a “dog person” in the tone and words.
I didn’t know how to respond to this person, but my first instinct was to go for the jugular. This person didn’t bother to choose their words carefully or be tactful, so why not go after them full force?
It took me a bit to process my thoughts and calm my ass down because I was pissed the fuck off.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that you are not always going to feel the same way about various things in life with your friends, but the approach to your differences matters.
I tried my best to diffuse my anger and hurt, with a little smart ass humor in my response, but I made it clear that they struck a nerve and was more discreet than they were with me.
And just like that, I could never see this person the same way, and our “friendship” was forever changed. It sucks because this person was a pretty important friend to me, but this individual crossed a very delicate line.
I received a response a day or so later that they were in the process of “trying” to be a “dog person” after welcoming a puppy into their lives, but I didn’t care, nor was I impressed with their change. I could never see this individual the same, nor would I ever be comfortable being around them.
Knowing how important my dogs and dogs in general, are to me, I think this individual should have voiced their opinion differently.
I don’t think it’s necessary to be a total jackass when you feel differently about something than your friends or family.
Words are powerful, and as much as someone tries, it will make an impact.