Do you have a friend who is a cat lover who gushes about how cute cats are all day and how they want to cuddle with them all day? Well, DON’T. If you love cats, take them seriously and treat them with respect. Just the other day I had an acquaintance come over and he was just awful.
Before I tell you the whole story, I would like to say that all my life I’ve encountered people who tell me how cute I am as a compliment – it is anything but a compliment when the implication is that I don’t get taken seriously or shown any respect when I’m “cute”!!! (๑･`▱´･๑)
Okay, so just the other day, I invited Junpei and our colleague (whom I’ll just call A-san here) to my house for tea. I tidied, by the way, so I took a photo:
Everything was fine and dandy, until A-san noticed I had an electronic keyboard in the corner of the room.
“Oh Chiyo-chan, I didn’t know you play the keyboard! Could you play something for us?” He asked.
Just so you know, I’d only just started learning how to play it recently, so I’m no Mozart. But how could you turn down a guest, right? It seemed rude. So I told him very honestly that I was an amateur and to pardon me for my poor playing.
Then I began to play a piece I was recently practising and it was Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”. I really liked this song because they often play it at weddings. (˵¯͒〰¯͒˵) It started out fine, then on the way to the chorus, I started to slip up and hit the wrong keys. A-san loudly noted this at once. He laughed jovially and said things like:
“Oh Chiyo-chan, I’m not sure the song goes like this.”
“The bride is tripping down the aisle now, haha!”
He went on and on. And on. And on. I was so angry. I am so angry. I was going to throw my keyboard at him in rage. (Am I the bad guy here?!)
Then Junpei very calmly said, “Here, A-san, have some cookies.” And he stuffed A-san’s mouth so quickly that A-san couldn’t even laugh or say another word.
Then he looked at me and said, “I thought that was a very beautiful effort for having started learning the keyboard for only a month.” And he clapped for me and took me away from my rage.
When A-san finally spluttered back to words, Junpei promptly said it was time to leave and got up so efficiently and matter-of-factly that A-san could not protest.
What would I do without Junpei?!
Anyway, Junpei loves to collect quotes. So it was no surprise when he texted me this quote after he had left:
Yeah. I’m not going to invite A-san to my home ever again.