After a little while her dad came over to get her, made pleasantries, and as he was leaving said, “thanks for putting up with her.”
My heart dropped. And then broke.
I didn’t put up with her. She was delightful! Could he not see that? Does he not appreciate her?
And what she heard her own dad say is that she’s tolerable. Not desirable, not enjoyable, not appreciated, but tolerated.
No wonder she wanted to talk with strangers.
Be careful what you say. You’re shaping someone’s perception of themselves.