We have an event to go to this afternoon. This morning he says, “I’m leaving at 12:45,” in a tone of voice and look that implies, “with or without you.” (I wonder what he would say to our friends if he really did show up without me?)
Well, I’m taking food to this event, and it takes a little time to prepare this food.
AFTER the food is already fixed, he says, “Do you need any help?”
So now, he’s getting ready to put the food in the van.
He says, “That sure seems like a lot of food,” with a negative tone of voice.
I said, “Do you want to plan the menu next time?”
He says (of course), “No.”
I say, “Well, the don’t criticize me.”
He says, “I’m not criticizing you.”
I try to explain to him that he is criticizing me.
Finally, he says, not very convincingly, “I’m sorry I criticized you.”
No. Really. You’re sorry I called you on your rude behavior towards me.