There comes a time in every person’s life when they need to apologize. When you are 2 and 5 years old these apologies happen often and are frequently accompanied by parental instructions on how proper apologies happen. “Look me/him/her in the eye”, “try not to mumble, dear”, “What are you sorry for?”, etc. But when you are an adult the opportunities to apologize seem to be fewer. I don’t think that the offenses that require apologies are fewer necessarily but as adults we have a choice to apologize or not to apologize. And today, I choose to apologize… to my sister.
For weeks, maybe even months, I’ve been giving my sister a hard time regarding a task she and I have been working on. She’s been telling me “it’s not as easy as you think it is” and “it’s not that simple” and I just blow it off and continue to pester her saying “just do it”, “it’s not that hard you just have to do it”, “I made you a template”.
Well, I was wrong.
Things didn’t turn out as I had expected so I dove in to “fix” it. Boy howdy did I have a hard time. I expected to jump in, upload a few files and be done. Just like that (insert finger snap). But, after an hour I was beginning to loose my patience. After 2 hours I gave up and started searching for an alternative solution. I found a solution, called my sister and apologized. We were able to laugh about it. I got the requisite “I told you so” and I told her I would buy her a cup of coffee. Since she is in Washington state and I in Illinois she gets the honor of a very public apology and this cup of coffee by mail.
I was inspired by the cute gift certificates at Starbucks right now. Since I can’t physically have coffee with my sister right now I was tickled to see these little cups that I could send to her. I hope she enjoys it. I know she’s forgiven me (she told me so) but sometimes it’s just nice to have a written reminder.