In what order do you take your news?
December 8, 2017

“I have good news and bad news,” Darrell told me recently. “Which would you like first?”

“Here’s what I’d like,” I told him. “I’d like to meet the person who wants the good news first!”

He looked at me, wide-eyed with delight. “What a great answer,” he said.

“Why did it only now occur to me?” I wondered.

My guess is that I’m treating fewer exchanges as throwaway these days. Doesn’t Darrell deserve the same thoughtfulness I afford my guests on the talk show? I think he does.