There’s an old theatre chestnut — that is basically misunderstood — that goes a little something like this: “Every scene needs to end on a button.” Sometimes you’ll even see a director pacing at the back of the theatre asking out loud, “How do I button this scene?”
When people make mistakes, there is a certain art in “making it up” to those that were wronged.
The easiest way to do this is to “shove something their way” like a gift or money or something else that will not just make them whole again, but add a special pizzazz to the experience that makes forgiveness in the face of an oversight easier to take.
The problem with “making it up to you” is that people under 40 do not comprehend the concept. They believe a simple “Oopsy!” is enough of an emollient to sooth the hurt feelings and the betrayal.
How can you get the under 40 crowd to learn how to shove? You can’t. They don’t have it in them because they were raised in a generation where they are precious and can do no wrong.
The hard lesson is you cannot push a shove because it cannot be taught or requested: A shove must be a part of the person from the start and that is why “making it up to you” is a dying art.
If you are a Real Man you have — at least once in your life — wanted to, wondered on, or actually pushed a woman into a swimming pool. Any man who denies this urge exists is lying. Civilized men the world over fight, but always give in to, this undeniable desire to get their women wet — and no one can ever begin to explain the why of this unfortunate phenomenon — and I admit the woman below is giving me fits because she’s already halfway in the pool and just a nudge from my foot…