Here’s what happened. My coworker shows me a new computer game he’s playing. And suddenly, I get the bug. The illness known as I-Wasted-My Bachelor-Days-Because-I-Got-Married-Too-Early-itis.
So I send my spouse an email and ask if she’d mind if I spent $60 and bought it. She replied, “Sure. If it’s something you really want…” Actually with the ellipse! Which clearly meant no.
So I replied and said, “Never mind. I’ll never have time to play it anyway.”
And that was that.
But what I should have said, to match her passive aggressive sarcasm was, “Thanks. I want it as much as you wanted our third kid…”
Because she didn’t want it, but I did. And that would have stung.