Shrek's faute majeure = his reaction when confronted with my lack of anticipation
The combination of the above equation is explosive to say the least.
I had FAILED to inform Shrek 15 minutes before the ludothèque's (toy library) closing time. I had failed to get in contact with him in due time to allow him time to get to our agreed pick-up point. I had failed to prevoir and foresee that I needed change on me in case. I had also FAILED in telephoning Shrek at the most inappropriate time i.e. when he was backing out of our garage and his mobile was in his trousers pocket. In short I failed and fell short today. So the only thing left for me to do was to apologise which I did profusely but this is crucial as Shrek continued to berate, grate and faire la gueule as he only he can. I put up with all of that for about 15 minutes before I turned the table on Shrek and we had a screaming contest to see who would come out on top.
Lesson for me : anticipate, anticipate and anticipate some more, it has been drilled and droned into my brain !
Lesson for Shrek is of no less importance : DO not unnerve people by grating and nagging until they break.
Hopefully this painful episode served as a good lesson of what to avoid for Shrek and I.
Shrek realised he went overboard and apologised immediately.I accepted his apology and hope that we can avoid and bypass similar cases being repeated.
Mea culpa, mea culpa...