I’m writing this blog from the road, sitting shot gun with my man as we take a pause from listening to The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood on audible (The plot definitely lends itself to a future blog topic). Please forgive my spelling and grammar. :/
Today, my mind’s got me thinking about gossip. Earlier this summer something interesting happened. I met a gal while hanging out at a pool with the kids and some friends.
She was very friendly and new to town. Turned out we knew some of the same people. One in particular happened to be someone I knew quite well. This gal immediately started dishing out dirt on this person and speaking very poorly of her, her past and her opinion on her character:
Whether I agreed on it or not, the friends I was with and I kept our mouths shut. We were taken aback. It was totally inappropriate and she had no idea what my relationship to this other person was. What if we were very close? We are not… but what if?
I walked away thinking it was such a shame that she felt so comfortable to talk poorly about someone close, in both of our circles and be fine with it. Especially, barely knowing me and my level of friendship with the other person.
I then found out last week that this very same gal was hanging out at the same pool with the same person she was ripping apart.
The right friends are great confidants. You can use them as sounding boards and unleash frustrations, anger, fear or sadness. But, be careful who you choose.
Have you ever had to deal with gossip like this?