Having to do a spot of shopping, a couple of us stopped and enjoyed a cup of tea (Earl Grey of course!) at a nice little coffee/tea shop in one of the arcades that are sprinkled around our small town.
We do this regularly - it not only keeps us up to
date with all our gossip, but it also enables us to share a gripe or
two, while at the same time indulging in a chosen special cake to
accompany our tea. We're all big girls, so there's never any problem
of one or two of them attacking any of the others for spoiling ourselves
with a cream cake occasionally.
Why was this particular morning any
different? I stood at the counter casually deciding which cake to
choose, when a very small, smartly dressed woman came and stood beside
me. I turned and smiled. She glowered at me and said, "you shouldn't even be thinking of eating anything like that - you're so fat. You should be using your willpower"
I did what any well-mannered, well-balanced plus-size lady would do. I
looked down at my ample bust, leaned over and looked at my tummy, and
turned back to her and said "Yes,
you're right, I believe I AM fat. But I'm not rude to people I don't
know. And might I say I certainly don't need any will power. Perhaps
occasionally a little bit of "won't-power" could come in handy but not today.
Which cake do you think I should choose? Ah yes, that beautiful fresh
cream French slice. Don't you agree". She glared at me as though I had just flown in from Mars, mumbled and trotted off to a far table.
rest of my group were seated by this time, waiting for their morning
tea to arrive. The girls behind the counter were trying to hide their
laughs and were in quite a twitter. After the snobby lady had left,
the proprietor came across to me and said, "you
know, that woman upsets so many of our customers with her rudeness and
we've never been game to say anything. Thanks for saying what we've
often thought and felt. You've made our day."
And yes, we all enjoyed our morning tea - VERY MUCH INDEED!!!