Walking out from dinner on Monday, Dan and I passed a young couple.
Dan: "That was an interesting sentence to overhear."
Me: "What was it? I wasn't paying attention."
Dan: "She said, 'Don't just tell me, 'Do whatever you want.''"
Me: "So they were arguing?"
Dan: "Yeah. He thinks he's being flexible, by agreeing to whatever she wants to do. But what she really wants is for him to be an emotional participant in the latest crisis of the moment. A crisis that she probably manufactured in order to get a reaction from him."
Me: "That's quite the analysis."
Dan: [noises of humility]
Me: "We can be momentarily smug that each of us is not embroiled in this type of argument. For two months."
Dan: "Until those exact words are said to us?"
Dan: "In your case, you'd be the one saying them."