In the past, I would have been so very upset by this, and I would have tried to prove that I had intended malice by offering additional help and additional time. Today, though, I decided to let it go (I guess I'm not letting it go very well, since I'm still going on and on about it - but I just have to vent a little bit here).
Honestly, though, I realized that nothing I could say or do would change this person's view - so in the end, I just said 'O.K.' I guess that, sometimes, 'O.K.' is all a person can say - and then just move forward.
So, now I am home. I am going to concentrate on myself and on my family (as soon as I finish writing this), and be comfortable with the knowledge that I did what I could for a person that I care about. Unfortunately, that person does not see it that way - but that's just going to have to be their problem. Nothing more I can say or do.
Hope this all made a little bit of sense today. I'm trying to protect the innocent (and not so innocent) by not disclosing too many details - but I think the idea of caring for self and family in the face of adversity is somewhat universal - and can be applied to many situations and scenarios.
I hate having somebody think these negative thoughts about me. I hate that this person now has a poor opinion of me. But, hey, I guess there's nothing I can do about that. Oh well.
On a more positive note - I tried tag again. I was at a training with all certified teachers, and tag actually worked (until somebody tagged the waitress - and that was the end of it). So, I have two theories:
- There is a direct correlation between a person's educational achievement and their ability to be childlike and play games.
- Only people crazy enough to choose to be Preschool Teachers are crazy enough to play tag in public.
Have a great night, and hopefully I'll have a more fun topic and make more sense tomorrow.