A VIGNETTE FROM 'MARTIN' IN THE LIES WE LIVE
Steph took a deep breath, “Right there… that’s what I’m talking about. You’re starting to get angry with me because I’m not agreeing with you.”
“No, I’m not getting angry with you, I’m fine,” Martin said, leaning back in his chair and pulling up one of his legs to cross over the other one.
Although it wasn’t Steph’s plan to get into a squabble with one of her confessions today, she thought she would at least make an effort to sit through it and if someone was going to leave first, it was going to be Martin. “Alright,” Steph started while moving toward the table, “Do you want to hear my opinion on what you’ve already said? And if you don’t like it, we can call it a day, and go our separate ways?”
“Do you talk to all of your appointments this way?”
“No, I don’t. However, just because I listen to a confession doesn’t mean I have to agree with what is being said, or what has been done. Plus, I’m fairly set in my opinions as I can tell you are, too. If someone asks me a question that conflicts with my personal ethics, I may very likely say something – especially when pressed on the issue,” Steph pointed out to Martin. “So, with you, that’s why I’ve suggested a number of times now, that you should really talk with a family therapist who shares your opinions… Basically, they’re the only ones who are going to tell you what you want to hear.”