A man went on vacation to Hawaii and left his cat in his neighbour's care. After a week, he phoned the neighbour to see how things were going. The neighbour said, "I'm sorry to tell you your cat died."
"Well, don't say it so abruptly like that!" the man said. "That's no way to break the news. You need to do it gently. First tell me the cat got loose. Then a day later tell me the cat was hurt. Then a day later tell me the cat died!"
A week or so later, the man thought he'd been too harsh so he phoned his neighbour again. "How are things?" he asked.
"Well," the neighbour said. "I'm sorry to tell you your mother got loose."