Today a friend of mine for almost 20 years crossed the line.
He's been going through some hard times with a broken heart, career struggles, and loneliness in a new city. I've tried to talk to him and cheer him up, but he sinks deeper and deeper into depression and anger.
Today he lashed out at my wife. Somehow, she's the cause of his troubles in his mind.
That crosses the line. You lash out at me, and I can take it and be ready to dish it right back. All's fair in disagreements between friends. Friendships have their ups and downs. But when you attempt to hurt and threaten my family, I will not stand for it. At all.
I wish my friend good luck in finding his way out of his troubles and hope he gets the help he so desperately needs. It's sad to see things go this way, but it's his choice to do the things he's done. I can't tell him what to do, but he has to deal with the consequences of his actions.
It's a good thing I have many friends to turn to in times like this. :)