I disappoint Sunshine a few times a week. That is a conservative estimate. Sometimes, I disappoint her multiple times in a single day.

She yells at me.

She tells me I am rude and that I am ruining her life and that I obviously do not love her.

I let her yell as best as I can. I do not let her get a rise out of me.

Most importantly, I do not bend.

That is what all of the yelling is for. She wants me to bend, and I never do.

Growing up, my mom often said, “If I’m making you happy all of the time, I’m not doing my job right.”

I think of that every time I anger Sunshine with my “no” or my “not today.

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