"L" and I were the only ones who were on time for a particular meeting today. "L" had just returned from spending a few days with his family after his father's untimely death. I thought about mentioning it, but decided the potential for communications failure was worse than just sitting in silence, so we did just that. Then, "A" came in, followed shortly by "B." After that, the four of us sat in silence for thirty seconds or so.
A: Oh, my... condolences. ...Yeah.
L: Uh, thank you.
B: Oh, yeah, me too.
L: (smiles uncomfortably)
I certainly could have topped that had I tried...
That reminds me: I don't actually remember if my last great-grandmother is still alive or not. I don't think so. I think she died of lung cancer a couple years back. But maybe she lived through it. I don't actually remember how that all turned out. Needless to say, we weren't that close. She lives/d in Louisiana or Mississippi; one of those uninhabitable states.