“What’s up with this?” I wondered. “Why is she being so nice? What am I missing?”
“You’re one of the most cynical people I know,” the wife chimed in when I spoke of the incident later that night. “You always look at the negative until proven otherwise.”
“I look at the world with a critical eye,” I countered.
“Well, that’s how you couch it,” she volleyed back. “But if someone sees it the other way you just say they are being naive. Not everyone can be horrible.”
“Give them a chance,” I parried. “Besides which, my cynicism has been well-earned. Remember the last time I bought a laptop on-line?” Continue reading