When I told Robert how I was suckered out of $50, he said, “We’ve all been duped once.” Later, he added, “Don’t tell Sean!”
Robert doesn’t really know Sean, so I explained, “All he’ll do is shake his head at me.”
We were both wrong.
When I got home and related the story, Sean just said, “Okay,” and, when I continued to lament, “I wouldn’t worry about it.”
“It’s such a bad thing to do,” I said.
“She played with your emotions,” he agreed.
After that I just held him for awhile, absorbing strength from his patience, pragmatism, and understanding.