my sister called me this morning. she had news. it may be good, but it may not be. she won't know for certain until Friday.
I want to be happy for her, if it turns out to be the good news. but the good news scares me more than the bad.
I could mask my lack of enthusiasm with her on the phone. I could play it off as concern that it would not turn out to be the good news she is hoping for.
but what do I say if it turns out to be the good news? how do I look my baby sister in the eyes and tell her I'm happy for her when I'm really terribly scared for her?