Is talking overrated?

Aging Introvert

Yesterday one of the women here said something that sounded mean. Instead of just letting it pass, I asked her why she had responded to me the way she did. She said that she was not a morning person and did not want to be drawn into conversations right after she gets up. I knew this about her, and thought I had been respecting it. The question I had asked her was whether or not she wanted a step ladder out. I was going to put it away to mop the floor, but since she is very short I thought she may have taken it out for a reason. It was a question that only required a yes or no answer. Instead of giving me the answer I expected, she defensively replied that “she” had not taken the ladder out of the closet and had no idea why it was…

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