“[My mother] related a childhood anecdote about one of her sisters who had an appendix operation and afterwards had been given a beautiful purse by another sister. My mother was fourteen at the time. Oh, how she yearned to have an exquisitely beaded purse like her sister’s, but she dared not open her mouth. So guess what? She feigned a pain in her side and went the whole way with her story. Her family took her to several doctors. They were unable to produce a diagnosis and so opted for exploratory surgery. It had been a bold gamble on my mother’s part, but it worked–she was given an identical little purse! When she received the coveted purse, my mother was elated despite being in physical agony from the surgery. Two nurses came in and one stuck a thermometer in her mouth. My mother said, ‘Ummm, ummm,’ to show the purse to the second nurse, who answered, ‘Oh, for me? Why, thank you!’ and took the purse! My mother was at a loss, and never figured out how to say, ‘I didn’t mean to give it to you. Please return it to me.’ Her story poignantly reveals how painful it can be when people don’t openly acknowledge their needs.” ― Marshall B. Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life