You know what I really hate? And this has nothing to do with Dave's dad passing away and all the times I have heard this lately. Maybe it has brought it to the forefront of my mind, though I have hated it for a long time.
I really hate when something bad happens and people say, "If there's anything I can do, let me know."
Have you ever had anything they could do? If you thought of something later, did you ask them for help? If you happened to swallow your pride and ask, did they help you? No, they found an excuse not to.
Doesn't "anything" mean anything anymore?
I know this is just a thing to say. I am guilty of it myself. What we really mean to say is, "I wish there was something I could do. But there's not. But I'm pulling for ya." It just gets under my skin how it can be so heartfelt and still mean nothing. I mean, if you want to help someone, just help them. Just find an appropriate way and do it.
Too much talky talky.