I have experienced the most amazing thing: a complete misunderstanding. Actually, many, many misunderstandings. It’s amazing how misunderstandings happen and how often they happen. Let me give you an example: I wanted something from my husband and let him know (I’ll spare you the details…just assume I’m right). My husband responded with what I would describe as a retort and his response grated at me as I left for work. There was really only one way to understand what he had said, and it was mean. It was clearly punishment for what I had wanted from him. And I seethed and seethed about it.
Luckily, I spent several hours at work before I returned home so the seething had declined in intensity. Nevertheless, I was still angry so I brought up his comment and told him what I thought about it (perhaps it’s not shocking that I had many thoughts about it). My husband’s response was utter confusion; he had no idea what I was talking about. Again, sparing you tedious details, suffice it to say we went over the situation again, this time explaining the intent behind our requests.