I was thinking... rather than just tell you what the right thing to do in this upcoming situation would be, I think we've been acquainted long enough that we should see if you can get it right. So, it's quiz time!
You walk into the room, and I'm sitting there. I'm staring at my cell phone, not doing anything with it (there's a picture of a cat on the front of it, always). I'm flicking my fingers on my other hand. You can tell that I'm agitated. You ask what's wrong. I say, "My kitty's sick. The doctor said it's probably her kidneys and if it is her kidneys, it's fatal, and Mom says that if we lose Elsie, I can't get a new cat. I can't live without a cat. I need a cat." I'm almost crying, but not quite, and obviously restless.
What do you say?
For the record, this isn't an easy question. Also, Leigh, you're not allowed to answer this. Anyone else, if you're reading, I'd love a response.
Check back in a few days for the right answer and explanation.