“Sorry I’m late,” Susan said.
“Love is never having to say you are sorry. Well that’s what they say,” Joe said.
“But what does that really mean?” Susan asked.
“I guess it is about unconditional love. If someone does something, even a terrible thing, those who love them will love them despite it. It’s like they are forgiven before they ask, so it’s not necessary,” Joe explained.
“But just because someone is willing the bear hurt silently, and let it pass, doesn’t mean that the other person, if they are truly loving them back, doesn’t want to mend their feelings.”
“It’s like in the Bible,” Joe said. “The Prodigal Son. He rips off his dad, then wastes everything, then he goes back to say he was unworthy to be a son. But before he even gets a chance to give his prepared speech, his dad has come and hugged him and put clean robes and an a ring on him. His dad loved him so much that he didn’t need to hear the apology.”
“Okay,” Susan retorted, “But he still went there with the expressed purpose to say he had failed. So maybe you’re right, ‘Love means you don’t need to say sorry,’ but that’s not the same to say a person who loves should never feel sorry, or acknowledge regret. Otherwise they will never grow. Or worse still they might cause the hurt all over again.”
“You know,” Joe said. “I think you are right, its about attitude not words. I’m sorry I disagreed with you.”