“I’m sorry,” she said in horror.
Embarrassed, she said, “I’m really sorry.”
“I am so, so sorry,” she said with heartfelt regret.
I write these words in my books all the time. In fact, I’m about to write a pivotal scene in Making Up in which apologies are key. It’s between mother and daughter, Margaret and Mackenzie, ages 60 and 38 respectively, and they’ve been estranged for nearly five years. Suddenly, now, again, they need each other in that deepest familial way. Apologies, truly, are their only path forward.