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Double Booking

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This week’s Monday’s Morals question asked about a scenario I found myself in several years ago.&nbsp  I was essentially accused of “double booking” with two of my friends.

(Here’s the question, and if you’d like to play, it’s never too late…just click that link and leave your answer!)

“Friend A” invited me over to his house to hang out for the afternoon.&nbsp  I had already made plans for later in the evening to go see a movie with “Friend B.”&nbsp  I told “A” of this before accepting his invitation, even knowing that “A” seemed jealous of “B.”&nbsp  I didn’t want there to be a problem.

Perhaps I should have known better.

While I was hanging out with “A,” I did check my watch a few times.&nbsp  Note that I said “a few.”&nbsp  No more than three times in about seven hours.&nbsp  But if he’d suggest watching a movie, or going up the road to a stable where his wife had her horse, I naturally wanted to have an idea of how much time we’d have.

Though he never mentioned it until a month or so later, this highly offended him.&nbsp  He accused me of “double booking” on him.

Something I never understood, since I told him before I agreed to come over that I had other plans for that evening.&nbsp  I think he wanted me to end up cancelling on “B.”&nbsp  But I wouldn’t have done that, and he certainly wouldn’t have wanted that if he’d been “B.”

Needless to say, we went our separate ways not long after that.&nbsp  It still bothers me.&nbsp  But it doesn’t bother me enough to pretend that I think I was in the wrong when I know I wasn’t.

So at least that’s something.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.

2 Comments

  • Warning Bells! When a friend makes it seem like you have to choose between him/her and another person…RUN!

    This is the advice I give my junior high school self all the time. Actually, it comes up in youth group all the time. Classic sign of a control freak/potential abuser. I’m very glad this relationship dissolved on you!

    • I wasn’t at the time, but I see now that it was for the best. Ironically, “Friend B” never seemed to mind if I already had plans with “A” and never acted like it was a problem for me to actually have more than one friend. That should have tipped me off, too.

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