You know the moment the words leave your mouth that you have said the wrong thing.
It might be exactly what you were thinking, it might be said before you had time to process what you were going to say, but it’s the look on the face of the recipient that tells the story.
Oh, my God, I shouldn’t have said that!
Your initial reaction is to try and say it’s not what you meant.
Generally, these horrible mistakes come at a point where emotions are running high, and there is an element of truth in the statement, and one that the recipient is aware of, and doesn’t need reminding of.
Not by their best friend, partner or closest relative.
Would it be better if you were not one of those three?
But it isn’t. Anger, followed by tears, followed by silence.
This is where the statement, time heals all wounds, is brought into play, and you hope that it is true.
Interesting subject, is it not, for the opening gambit of a story?