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What then? You couldn’t hear the thoughts that run inside your friend’s head. You only saw simultaneous expressions on his face. After all he is in his eighties and he usually acted as if nobody was around him. You watched silently.
He thought: “Wait a minute, why did I say that? My kids has divorced me for more than 10 years. I don’t think that they remember my face any more. Why would I care if they exist in my self-chosen life? It’s because I still love them. No matter what they did.
Ah! I spoiled them. But not really; somehow I know that my son might still feel hurt from episodes that occurred years ago, episodes that I may not even be aware of. The same goes for my daughter, or may be I’m trying to find excuses for them. Who knows?”
You asked your friend: ‘Do you want to change your answer?”
He said: “May be it was my fault.” You didn’t understand but you kept silent. You didn’t want to irritate him.
He resumed in a sarcastic tone: “Voicing criticism could cause a lot of damage in your communication. Many times I probably persist in giving unwanted advice. Voicing disapproval of something anything definitely caused conflict”
The Old man spoke slowly. His face expressions showed remorse and bitterness then he excused himself for his tears started finding its way out.
You felt that your friend experience a family estrangement. May be you want to know more, don’t you? 🙄