Friend will not talk about past prob­lems

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - DETOURS - CAROLYN HAX ——— Carolyn Hax is a colum­nist with The Washington Post. Email her at tellme@wash­post.com.

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Hi Carolyn: A few months back I had a fall­ing-out with a friend whom I was ex­tremely close to.

She ini­ti­ated a “time­out” where she didn’t want to talk to me about the is­sues at hand or any­thing else, be­cause she “just didn’t have time to deal with” me. Ob­vi­ously, I was be­yond hurt that my best friend wouldn’t make time to talk things out.

Now when I bump into her in so­cial gath­er­ings she acts all cheery and chatty. To which I re­spond with a very cold (I’d even say Arc­tic) shoul­der.

She then fires at me that she’s just be­ing civil and that I lack the most rudi­men­tary so­cial skill. And I’ll agree.

But I guess I just don’t see the point in plas­ter­ing on a smile and spray­ing airkisses on some­one who wouldn’t give up a half-hour to at least at­tempt to straighten things out.

So where do you side, ci­vil­ity or re­al­ity?

This year you find pos­i­tive so­lu­tions to dif­fi­cult chal­lenges. Oth­ers might be en­vi­ous of your re­source­ful­ness. You are able to ask the right ques­tions to get the in­for­ma­tion you need. Oth­ers find you to be a very pos­i­tive source of en­ergy. AQUARIUS is a nat­u­ral healer for you.

— Your So­cially Hea­then Fan

Dear So­cially: I’m sur­pris­ing my­self a lit­tle here, and vot­ing ci­vil­ity down.

Po­lite cheer is for when you’ve had the tough con­ver­sa­tion and agreed that things can’t be re­solved. It’s not for when some­one wants you to make it easy for her to avoid the tough con­ver­sa­tion.

If it makes you feel bet­ter, say, “I find it hard to be civil to some­one who won’t even ‘deal with’ me.”

Dear Carolyn: What is the proper re­sponse when a busi­ness as­so­ciate or per­son with whom you have a pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship tells you they’re get­ting a di­vorce?

I’ve been say­ing, “I’m sorry” or “What a dif­fi­cult time this must be for you.”

My friend says most peo­ple (men in par­tic­u­lar) would be put off by that, and that it con­veys pity and judg­ment on their per­sonal lives.

I def­i­nitely don’t want to do that, but there must be some­thing bet­ter to say than “Oh.”

— Surely, You Wouldn’t Say “Con­grat­u­la­tions”

Dear Surely: I wouldn’t, and don’t call me Shirley.

The proper re­sponse to a di­vorc­ing col­league is, “I’m sorry” or “What a dif­fi­cult time this must be.”

Or “Ooh, tough break.” Or “That can’t be fun.”

And, since you didn’t ask, the proper re­sponse to some­one who sees these gen­uine yet safely generic ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy as con­de­scend­ing or judg­men­tal or some­how more grat­ing par­tic­u­larly to men is “Huh?”

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