My manager called me into a room to tell me that our network administrator had just turned in his notice. Unexpectedly, I got all teary-eyed. He said, “Welllllll… this was not the reaction I was expecting. Do you need a tissue?” “Yes, apparently so,” I said. So he got up and found some tissue while I regained my composure.
The network admin and I have the type of work relationship where we could vent and we knew it would stay confidential. It was nice to be trusted that much.
Within 15 minutes, I was LMAO, as the manager who sits on the other side of my cubicle saw fit to tell my manager a story about the funniest, stupidest thing I have done in a long time. I can’t even tell you what it was. (ok, maybe later…) I laughed so hard, I cried. And then, my manager with a wistful smile said, “I’ve done that same thing… only not over the phone.. in person.”
Which made me laugh harder.