1. How can I tell if you are angry?
It's very obvious - I tend to yell. Or get very snarky and sarcastic. But mostly I am louder than usual (I know, it's hard to believe that this is possible) and more snappish.
2. How should I behave around you if you're angry?
Just wait until I've tired myself out, I suppose! My anger never lasts very long, perhaps because when I was growing up my sisters and I were always flying into rages and being completely fine ten minutes later. I don't bear grudges, especially after rows like that.
Or if I am angry at you personally (because you have left your manky tins by the sink for days without washing them, D***D), just clean the fucking tins. And try to clean up after yourself.
3. How do you want me to behave when you are hurting emotionally? How is it best to comfort you?
If I'm really upset, like, actually crying, just a hug and mindless comforting words work - of the "you poor lamb" variety. Practical advice, in this state, is not welcome. Using expressions like "hurting emotionally" rather than "miserable" or "upset" aren't a good idea either.
4. Are there things we should not discuss?
I suppose it depends who you are - I am not going to talk about any serious personal problems or issues with people I don't know or trust. If something is none of your business, I will subtly let you know. With good friends, however, pretty much anything goes as long as it doesn't betray the confidences of others.
5. How should I treat you if you are physically ill?
Sit next to me and stroke my hair for a while. And make me toast. Happily, Patsington is very good at this. If I am sick and he is at work I feel very forlorn until his return.
6. What makes you happy, that's in my power to grant as a friend?
7. How would you like us to recognize your birthday?
Lovely cards. And presents, if you like. And come along to my party (or rather, my gathering in the Stag's, which has been how and where I have celebrated my birthday for about a decade now).
8. Are there any standing categories of presents that would be appropriate or unwelcome?
A voucher for Celtic Note. "Amusing" cat-related products that I have been given in the past in what is apparently an attempt to turn me into a crazy cat lady.
9. Are there times of the year that are difficult for you? Please explain if you are comfortable.
No. I find things to like in pretty much every time of year. Even February. Actually, especially February, because that's the time of year when I met some of the people in college who became my dearest friends (including Patsington), so it reminds me of happy times.
10. Who are the most important people in your life to whom we should defer when making plans on your behalf?
I'd rather people didn't make plans on my behalf, but if anyone were going to do something lovely like organise a surprise party for me, then check with Patsington!