Hello, my dear fellow parents! This is an indeed special situation for me not to only have an inspiration to say/write something meaningful two days in a row, but to also squeeze the day so hard that some time in which I can actually do it, fell out.
Human relationships are extremely fragile. We easily judge people by their covers, but even if we manage to be of the less judgemental and categorizing type, we are so afraid of being (accused of being) dubbed time wasters that we do not spend sufficient (quality) time with people we meet to get to know them and then make an informed decision whether they would be good company for us or not. But that is not the point here. The point here is how we communicate to a person that they are not a good fit and we want to end our connection, whichever kind of connection it is. Somehow, an alarmingly large number of people thinks that simply stopping communication in the middle of a sentence (and, of course, always without preamble or explanation) and walking away is totally acceptable. It is considered a social norm (hey - everybody does it, right?!), and we are expected to be skilled on both the giving and receiving end of that brutal stick. Its benefit would be to make our "skin thicker", as if the level of skin thickness positively correlates to the level of happiness.