A while back I was talking to a friend who was going through a rough time. I listened to her and offered emotional support.

In my attempt to say something that would make her feel better, I told her that it’s always darkest before the storm (Fractured Cliché).

When she heard me say that, she promptly burst into tears.

I wasn’t sure what I’d said wrong but I fumbled to make it right and restated that it’s always darkest before the calm (Fractured Cliché).

Unfortunately, she continued to cry. The damage had already been done.

Apparently, it’s not only dark before the storm, but it’s also calm before the storm (Correct Cliché).

Later, after we parted ways, I looked up the cliché to see what I should have said: It’s always darkest before the dawn (Correct Cliché).

I wish the correct cliché had dawned on me before I darkened my friend’s door – and mood.

May the farce be with you!

Your IFF,


It actually is dark before a storm. It's dark during a storm, too.

It’s not only dark before a storm. It’s dark during a storm, too.

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