Sometimes shit happens. When it does we often turn to friends an family for comfort. Sadly this is often a mistake.
So here is how this post works in Green is things people have said to me in Red is what I hear and/or think
Ready? Lets go.
When our house caught fire
Whenever a door closes a window opens
My Fucking window is warped shut from the heat of a fire. Seriously. What the hell is wrong with you. I worked from home. I am now homeless and unemployed. Don't talk to me about mother fucking windows. K?
Is everyone ok?
Do you really think I would be so upset about my Harry Potter books if my Husband or child had been trapped in that fire? What type of soulless bitch do you think I am. ... wait don't answer that. Don't get me wrong I am glad you worried about my families welfare but seriously???????
When our second son was born 4 months early
God never gives you more than you can handle
What about all those people who get so overwhelmed they commit suicide? Did God misjudge there?
When the same child passed away at 10 weeks (FTR I have heard most of these at almost every funeral I have ever been to)
It was for the best
Best for who? You know what, just shut up. You are too stupid to be allowed to speak unattended. It certainly wasn't the best for me
He is in a better place
......... (prove it!)
It was God's will
Seriously you just keep your meddling God right out of my life. I don't want no part of whatever God you deal with that tries to push me to just before my breaking point and then gets to decide how everything ends and call my suffering "the best"
This is just a quick sample but there is a moral here. When someone comes to you (or you stumble upon them) and they are upset think twice before offering up any cliches.
I would rather hear a friend sincerely tell me "Man that sucks donkey balls" than hand me an empty platitude.