The friend in question asked about my writing "hobby" and proceeded to ask me why I bothered to write. It wasn't necessarily the words themselves, but the tone...the disgusted, snobby attitude shocked me.
Needless to say I was startled, hurt, and angry all in the matter of seconds and the only thing I could think of to say was..."But that's who I am...". With nothing else to say to that we hung up and I pondered over the conversation for an entire day before telling myself...."Yes, that is WHO I am. I am a writer."
I was still hurt, had to grow even thicker skin as a writer yet again (I swear facing down editors was easier than talking to that friend!)
What could I have said? Done?