L: "I'm returning your call from...whenever it was that you called."
Me: "Did you go on a vacation or something?"
L: "No, I've been dealing with the same stuff you've been dealing with...funerals and such...my sister passed on after her long battle..."
Me: "Oh, I'm so sorry." (thinking, "God, am I an idiot.")
L: "Well, I guess that's just...the circle of life or something." (said as though he's heard the platitudes and doesn't believe them either)
Me: "I guess...but it still sucks."
L: "Yeah. Now we worry about my mom. Nobody should outlive their kids, that's for sure."
Me: "Yeah, tell me about it." (thinking, "God HE's an idiot)