This is a Masterpiece of writing as an example of properly breaking bad news

by TerryWalstrom 8 Replies latest jw friends

  • TerryWalstrom

    What follows is a masterpiece of writing.
    This is how to present BAD NEWS and make it palatable.
    From a College Coed to her parents

    Dear Mother and Dad:

    Since I left for college I have been remiss in writing and
    I am sorry for my thoughtlessness in not having written before.
    I will bring you up to date now, but before you read on,
    please sit down.
    You are not to read any further unless you
    are sitting down, okay?

    Well, then, I am getting along pretty well now. The skull
    fracture and the concussion I got when I jumped out the
    window of my dormitory when it caught on fire shortly after
    my arrival here is pretty well healed now.
    I only spent two weeks in the hospital and now I can see almost normally and only get those sick headaches once a day.
    Fortunately, the fire in the dormitory and my jump were witnessed by an attendant at the gas station near the dorm, and he was the one who called the Fire Department and the ambulance.

    He also visited me in the hospital and since I had nowhere to live because of the burnt out dormitory, he was kind enough to
    invite me to share his apartment with him.

    It’s really a basement room, but it’s kind of cute.
    He is a very fine boy and we have fallen deeply in love and are planning to get married.
    We haven’t got the exact date yet, but it will be before my
    pregnancy begins to show.

    Yes, Mother and Dad, I am pregnant.

    I know how much you are looking forward to being grandparents and I know you will welcome the baby and give it the same love and devotion and tender care you gave me when I was a child.

    The reason for the delay in our marriage is that my boyfriend
    has a minor infection which prevents us from passing the
    pre-marital blood tests and I carelessly caught it from him.

    Now that I have brought you up to date, I want to tell you
    that there was no dormitory fire, I did not have a concussion
    or skull fracture, I was not in the hospital, I am not pregnant,
    I am not engaged, I am not infected, and there is no boyfriend.

    However, I am getting a “D” in American History, and an
    “F” in Chemistry and I want you to see those marks in their
    proper perspective.

    Your loving daughter,

  • stillin

    Yup. That's how to do it!

  • Giordano

    Very Funny!

  • neat blue dog
    neat blue dog

    Oldie but goodie 😅😂🤣

  • SnakesInTheTower

    But an A in Creative Writing


  • TerryWalstrom

    Being a father myself of 4 daughters--I was relieved too at the end vicariously :)

  • Diogenesister

    Ha ha I reacted the way I should and was so horrified about the fractures And the headaches, by the time we got to the pregnancy I was all " oh whatever, you nearly DIED for heaven's sake!"...which I presume is the object!

    ......I wasn't too happy about the 'D' in American history, though! It's my favourite subject :-)) Its So absorbing how anyone can't get at least a pass is beyond me. Girls just being lazy!:-)) :-))

  • TerryWalstrom

    I had a dentist who told me to wiggle my toes as fast as I could while he gave me a shot in my gums.
    It worked!
    What that has to do with anything is beyond me.
    I suppose it is sufficient to say: We are so easily modulated, distracted, reprogrammable, diverted, and misdirected--it is a wonder we aren't more self-aware than we think we are.
    Tens of thousands of years of evolution over countless generations from one-celled to billions...all the while adjusting, overcoming, surviving and passing along little tidbits, nuggets, urges, whims, instincts, and gut-feelings to our progeny.
    Do we really know why we think or feel or do...anything completely?
    However, those who DO know are able to mold us as they please.

    Take a look at this piece of writing:

  • Xanthippe

    That was funny Terry

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