You: I tried to get you / text you on your cell phone.
Me: I turned it off.
Me: I didn’t want to be disturbed.
(Translation: I didn’t want you asking me for money / a ride / a favor.)
You: What if there was an emergency?
Me: I’m not equipped for emergencies.
(Translation: Call 911.)
You: But what if it was something important?
Me: Define “important.”
(Translation: It’s important only if it’s important to me … not you.)
You: Well, what if it was a family thing?
Me: Define “family.”
(Translation: When you say “family,” you really mean yourself and no one else.)
You: If I ask you, and you don’t want to, just say so.
Me: I don’t want to.
You: [Hangs up.]
Me: [Breathes a liberating sigh.]