Primo: Wow. Ted donated $50 to my campaign.
Me: What? He wants something.
Primo: No. He could change.
Me: Uh huh.
Primo: Maybe he's different now.
Me: Has he apologized for being a jerk before?
Me: When someone changes, that's how you know he is sincere. He acknowledges his past wrongdoings, he asks for forgiveness, and he promises not to repeat the behavior.
Primo: That's not how it's done in my family.
Me: That's because your family doesn't do it at all.
Me: If Ted had truly experienced a Damascus moment, he would say, "Primo, I have been a real jerk to you. I yelled at you and have been nasty and mean to you. You did not deserve it. I was wrong. I am sorry. I hope you can forgive me. I promise not to act that way anymore."
Primo: He didn't do that.
Me: I am shocked.
Primo: But he did send me money.
Me: OK. Take it. But don't trust him.
Primo: Maybe he's changed.