An Endorsement

You are in one of your moods this evening. So, I steer away from them by filling my cup with coffee and taking in gulps of it, while staring at my phone.

“Have you read this book?” you ask.

I turn and in your hand lies a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, and on your face…a smile…an easy smile.

“Yes, I have.”

“What did you make of it?”

“Does it matter?” I ask.

“If it didn’t, I would not have asked…so what did you think?”

“About what?”

“The book! Where’s your mind today? You’ve been stuffing your stomach with coffee ever since you got here, and you haven’t said a word to me- so now I ask you about a simple book and you are still going round in circles, what’s up with you?”

“Well…good evening to you too. Something’s bothering you and until you tell me, I think you’ll stay angry at me for nothing.”

“I am not angry.”


“No, I am not frustrated.”


“I am not restless!”

“Worried, anxious, perturbed, scared, weary, afraid…I could go on.”

“Look, I am sorry, it’s just been a long day. Mark, you know him…my friend, the one we met last week, at that party…well, he’s getting married. He asked me to be one of his groomsmen.”

“Oh, I see…and you’re anxious because you now remain the unmarried guy in your close circle of friends, right?”

brown wooden bed frame and nightstand

“Love is cruel, sometimes…you know, I wonder, what would we be if we never had to feel this much for other people. How is it that someone can so easily break what you entrust with them and go on eating, drinking ten cups of coffee and still manage to make you bleed your heart out..? What manner of sorcery is this?”



“The book. I found it easy.”

“What does that mean?” you ask.

“I guess I learned that reading something is not an endorsement of it…just like you reading that book does not mean you endorse everything about it.”


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