With Apologies

3 Day Quote Challenge:

  Keep you words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them,

and crow is better eaten warm.  

~ Author Unknown

I corrected my Dad’s behavior.  It sends a shudder through me even now.  I knew I had to apologize.  But Dad was not known for accepting any apology.  We were traveling in tandem, and the offense occurred at the rest stop.   I agonized over my apology for three hours until the next stop.  I said I was sorry.  Nothing.  In desperation I quoted Miss Manners, who said it is far worse to point out the bad manners of others, than it is to actually be the person with  bad manners.  (This is not a direct quote,so it doesn’t count.)   It took more than “I’m sorry” to melt my Dad’s heart.  It took knowing that I really understood what I had done, and why it was wrong.  I knew I was guilty of pointing out Dad’s bad manners.  I also acknowledged that pointing out his offense was a worse offense than anything he had done.  With this knowledge I would change my behavior.  Isn’t that the point?   Dad forgave me, and we never spoke of it again.

 

Day 1 of the 3 day Quote challenge.  Combined with today’s prompt.  Is that cheating?

 

I was nominated by Bee Organized with Pamela, who invites us into her life and gives helpful tips for reorganizing everything.  We only met recently.  New friends is one of the joys of blogging.

According to the rules,  I nominate three bloggers to participate.

Today I nominate:

Peaceful Journey, who do to a communication already published her day one.

That’s What Anxious Mom Said

Random Writing on the Bathroom Wall

Happy Read.  Two days to go.

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  1. Sometimes it’s hard for a person to just forget why they were angry when they hear those two little words but it’s my opinion that you should always accept an apology…even if you decide you don’t ever want to talk to that person again. Forgive, but don’t necessarily forget. In the case of family though, forgive and forget should always be the way.

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  2. Thanks for being supportive of my blog posts. Although we are a recent connection, I appreciate you taking time to read, respond, and interact. I appreciate you nominating me for the 3-day challenge although I am new to the challenge and might have mistaken some of the rules, it’s still nice being thought of, and I find your insight on Apologies a nugget of truth. In my opinion making an apology is a class act because it requires laying aside pride for the sake of doing the right thing instead of stroking the ego.

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    1. You will be in tomorrows nominations. A quote and three nominations for three days is the rules. I found it confusing, but that is what everyone I tracked down did. I seem to have confused everyone by asking if I could nominate them. I don’t know. Tomorrow is my day 3.

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