I know folk who would like to be nasty when treated badly, but just don’t know how. And on the other hand I know witty folk who can come up with a perfect ‘put down’ before the perpetrator realizes they have been had.
I wish I had been the one who said, “If I were to agree with you, we would both be wrong!” “WHAT?”
Most folk are not of a nasty nature. Many of us think, ‘I would like to give him/her a piece of my mind’, but we don’t.’ We swallow the thought and go on about our business, frustrated at ourselves because we were too timid to say anything (Maybe I can’t afford to ‘give’ a piece of my mind. LOL).
Once, ONLY ONCE, did I say the right thing under pressure, location, Istanbul, Turkey.
We were on liberty when a riot developed in Istanbul, just outside the giant Flea market. A buddy and I were caught in a mob that was protesting the 7th fleet’s presence up the Dardanelles. We were wearing Whites (Navy white uniforms). The leader came up to me with a can of spray paint, “You will look good black.” And he brandished a can of black spray paint.
I laughed nervously (of course) because It was obviously a can of US Government Issue spray paint. I knew he understood English because he had spoken English to me. I held my arms out to my side palms up in a gesture of hopelessness and said, “Hey man, Not with my own paint!” He held the can, prepared to spray, then laughed pushed me playfully and spoke in Turkish to the crowd. They all laughed, but let us pass. CLOSE CALL! The riot did escalate later to burning cars and buses, but thank goodness we made it back to Fleet landing and our ship.
I admire witty folk. Some of you guys are witty methinks. BUT even the wittiest, know when to cut someone down with a retort and when to keep silent.
I just wish I had that choice, because 30 mins later I say, “I should have said ‘your mama wears combat boots!’ or something cute.”
Oh well, we all live with ourselves. We should know our capabilities and live at peace.
Know your limitations and capabilities, it is very important to your happiness.
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