Sometimes people ask me without a care in the world 'hey, can I have a banana?' to which I most commonly have to reply, 'I'm afraid not - they're not ripe, it'd just be a waste and actually detrimental to your digestion'. I thought it was amusing, how put out people are when they make a harmless request like that and they get told NO THINK OF YOUR DIGESTION.
I don't enjoy denying my chums fruit, but it is for the greater good!
Anyone else get this? I imagine it's a common thing.
Funny haha. But I gotta say, one must always have ripe bananas. ;)
I had just bought them see. I'm not an 811 wizard yet.
I had a situation develop at work that was similar to your situation in that I appeared "stingy" too. I brought just the right amount of fruit to work so that I had enough for the two breaks and a lunch. It seemed like quite a bit of fruit to carry in each day but I didn't mind because it was enough that I could satisfy my appetite and make it all day and get back home without experiencing hunger. The problem started one day when a fellow worker walked up to the break table where I was seated and looked at my grapes and without asking reached down and started pulling the grapes off and eating them. He stood there and we ate grapes until they were gone. This became a daily habit with him but the problem was that I was going home hungry. I tried to compensate by bringing twice as many grapes but then he started showing up at lunch and again at the last break and helping me eat my fruit. I realized that if I brought enough fruit for both of us the amount of fruit I would have to carry from the distant parking lot into the plant would be excessive and not practical. I decided to explain this to Dan letting him know that I didn't consider the vending machine processed food a satisfactory option (the only other option available besides not eating all day). I was very nice about it and made sure I didn't get mad or offensive in any way but he took offense anyway and he didn't talk to me for a couple of weeks but he also stopped eating my fruit and I was able to get through the day without hunger. I tried very hard to ease over the situation without it becoming a problem but I came to realize that sometimes you just have to assert yourself and that there are times when you can't please everybody and its OK to please yourself.
That's exactly the kind of situation I imagined someone else to have experienced.
It's unfortunate that the more care that you bother to put into your talk with someone, the more it seems like you've stewed on it. 'Get off my grapes, bitch' would have worked a treat though. It's a funny old world.
People that don't live the way we do have a hard time understanding the importance of our fruit. Like, I was getting ready to set off in the car to do some housesitting for my girlfriend's sister, and she said 'You could put some of those bananas back, right? you don't need all those'. So, she proceeded to take a few out and I quite awkwardly had to say '..that's my dinner!'. She thinks I'm a weird banana addict but I saved my food so I'll call it a victory