Comfort comes in many forms. Sadly, a backhanded compliment is not one of them. I’m not sure how unobservant I’ve been lately, but it seems that the…

Comfort comes in many forms. Sadly, a backhanded compliment is not one of them. I’m not sure how unobservant I’ve been lately, but it seems that the world has been slinking slowly towards being full of those lacking confidence, and those that feel so low that they have to slide someone else just between them and rock bottom in the best way that they know how. Comfort is to be for the other party, no? And still, more often than not, I’m left feeling more bruised and insulted than relieved because, as we all know, backhanded compliments hit like bricks. Just last week, while discussing success at school with a friend of mine, I’d let on that I could be doing better than I have. Said friend went on to say that I could be at straight A’s, but not without slapping on an, “at your school,” every single time. It hurt to know that even though they were trying to make me feel better, admittedly without my asking for it, they still felt the need to boost themselves, to rub it in my face that their school was prestigious and mine, not so much. I think I counted five of those remarks. I admire your efforts, but. Next time, let’s make sure they’re genuine, alright? All in favor?
– Eric