A Little Happier: My Daughter’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Mother Knew the Right Thing to Say.

I love it when people know the right thing to say.

At the party following my daughter Eliza’s high-school graduation, her ex-boyfriend’s mother found exactly the right words to sum up their hard-to-put-into-words relationship. She said to Eliza, “You’ll always have a place in my heart.”

That’s what we want to hear! I have a place in your heart.

Do you struggle to find the right words to say — at a big event like a graduation, or in ordinary life? I love hearing examples of people finding the words.

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  • vimspot

    One of my good friends felt uncomfortable “asking” for permission to propose to his girlfriend’s parents. In today’s world, it’s not actually the parent’s decision. And yet, he really wanted to include his girlfriend’s parents. So he arranged for dinner with them and said, “I plan on asking your daughter to marry me. I would love to have your support.” I really like that phrasing, and I used it myself when I was at a similar life stage.

  • When our daughter boarded the bus for her first day of kindergarten, the driver apparently knew what a happy — and sad! — moment that was for my husband and me. He told us, “On my watch, no harm comes.”

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