I’ve done it!
(No, I haven’t actually invented such a light bulb. I can’t find a cord long enough.)
But for perhaps the first time in my life, when confronted with one of those tense, personal questions, I gave the “real” answer. I didn’t pussyfoot, I didn’t apologize, I didn’t try to soften the blow, I just told it like it was and let things fall as they must.
I’m still pretty shaken from the experience, but it’s a good sort of shaken. Similar to the way you feel at the end of a rollercoaster ride. Scared and jostled and relieved all at once.
I have to admit, though, I’d be so glad if this were the sort of thing one had to do only once in a lifetime…