Janice asks, “How much interest are we making on our savings account this year?” It’s a simple question, but the reply from her partner of 13 years and now her wife could inadvertently start World War III.
“I don’t recall. But why do you care? You asked me to handle our finances. I’m handling them. Are you supervising me now?” The question hit a real nerve for Katy.
At this point, Janice has a few choices:
- Defend her question as an innocent one with no intent to challenge Katy
- Assert her right to know what interest an account with her name on it and her money in it is earning
- Assure Katy she wants her to handle the finances unsupervised and appreciates the effort involved
- Dismiss her request and check with the bank to be sure Katy is not mishandling their money
- Give Katy information she might not have about a new bank in town with interest rates that might be higher
If Janice is human, the one she picks first will likely have nothing to do with the real reason behind her question. Instead, it will be a reaction to what Katy’s reply triggers in her. For this, reason, I am not going to reveal right now what Janice really hoped to get. But I am going to ask you to pick her best response and tell us why you think it’s best.
When we have at least 3 comments, I will post part 2 of this tale.