Pride & Sensitivity

Mr P and Miss S were sitting in a café one day. The topic of conversation happened on personal traits and encumbrances.

“Your pride is what holds you back most in life, Mr P” said Miss S

“You know, you may just be right there” returned Mr P.
He smiled at his companion, even though the honest comment brought a sharp stab of pain somewhere near his breast pocket.

“I’ve often wondered about my pride” he said. “It’s not like I have an awful lot to be proud of, but I do certainly recognise that this particular trait of mine can tend to make things difficult, especially in relationships. I can sometimes not ask for things I really want, simply because I am too proud. Furthermore, I know that I have missed out on many a thing, from waiting for another to take initiative. Strange, I’ll grant you.”

“How does that work in with pride though, Mr P”, quizzed Miss S.
“That sounds more like apathy to me”.

“No, definitely not apathy”. Mr P struggled a while to find the words.
“You see, my pride prevents me from requesting something, when what I really want is for it to be offered. Before the request. Does that make sense to you at all?”

“Ahhhh, yes, I think I do see. You are such a sensitive soul, Mr P. Far more than people would expect!”

“Me, sensitive?” exclaimed the other. “Well, I do believe you are correct. But it is an interesting observation, don’t you think. Seeing that your main regrettable trait just has to be sensitivity.”

“You dislike my sensitivities, Mr P? Why is that? I thought being sensitive would be something positive”.

“Well to some extent, yes, I agree my dear. Perhaps I should have included the word ‘_over_’ in that claim. You are over-sensitive”. Mr P sat back in his chair and looked closely at Miss S, who had begun fidgeting with the tableware. “Come now, surely this is not news to you?” he said softly.

“Excuse me for a moment, Sir. I must visit the Ladies.”

Miss S left hurriedly down a side corridor and vanished.

“Hmmmm….” Pondered Mr P. “Now that’s interesting. Perhaps she is too sensitive to be told about her sensitivities…”

He played with the sugar tubes until his companion arrived back, a beaming smile on her face.

“I must apologise, Mr P”, she said, taking her seat once again. “You are right, of course. I am overly sensitive, much to my disadvantage. I hurt as hard as I love. And I love hard. I can’t imagine why I have been too proud to admit it till now.”

“Perfectly alright, my dear girl”. Mr P waved his hands magnanimously.
“The truth is – when you pointed out my particular failing, I realised that it wasn’t the only one. I, also, have sensitivity problems, evidently”.

“So – we understand one another then.” Miss S.

Mr P gave a small, warm smile.
Miss S leaned forward and placed a gentle kiss on his head.

Pride & Sensitivity

Mark German

Strathmore, Australia

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