Many years ago as a student we were all sitting in the quad having a picnic and one sandwich was left. The young woman who went to eat it I said, ‘careful you’ll get fat’ in the playful nonsense way one did as a child.
I learned she was anorexic.
That comment destroyed a friendship and a bit of me inside. I should have known, should have realised she was fighting an illness. I have always been sad that I was so blind. Evidence of which is this blog over thirty years later. Stupidity can of course, be forgotten, but you have to make the effort. I rarely do. These occasions show me how ignorant I can be. How thoughtless. They are a guard against vanity.
Never forget your stupidest words.