I don’t deal with passive-aggressive very well and this is the ultimate passive-aggressive move. When a friendship I had was strained, we talked about it a little as we were agreeing to go separate ways. Then she sent me a nice journal that she’d picked up for me as a gift before the rift. The next thing I knew, she’d blocked me on social media. I immediately emailed her and called her on it. “You don’t get to send me a thoughtful gift and then turn around and block me without a word.”

Maybe it makes sense to just let it blow over and move on, but for me, calling her on her BS is what allowed me to have closure and walk away.

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