Yes, I am advocating contentedness in my position in the world. However, there are a few things that bug me about being single where I am.
1). Super Size This! I think it is a great thing that supermarkets have Family size items, like peanut butter, however, it would be nice to be able to get a smaller size more in keeping with my ability to consume. Hey, don’t get me wrong, I love buying toilet paper in bulk, but do you know how long it would take me to finish off a family size peanut butter container by myself?!
2). Two for one. If this was a sale at a shoe store, I would be there with extra reusable bags for carrying out all of the loot…but usually this does NOT involve shoes. No, this is more likely involving food or tickets or admission, etc. For me, I only need one entree when I go out to eat, so why can’t they just give me that one entree for a discount? Even when I go out with my friends there’s 3 of us so there is still someone left out of a two for one deal. I think I’m going to try to pretend that I am their child one of these times, to try to get in on these family deals! I fear it’s not likely to work 😦
3). Single Supplement. Closely related to Pet Peeve 2 is the Singles Supplement. If you are not familiar with this concept, it is an additional amount that a single person has to pay if they are travelling on their own. Because most travel related groups expect double occupancy, the supplement is the penalty you must pay to travel by yourself… hmmmm… So my friends called me up one day and invited me to go on a river cruise of the Danube with them–Heaven! Alas, the prices were as follows: $9000 for a single person (yeah, seriously!) or $9400 divided by 2 for double occupancy. Suffice it to say that I didn’t go (insert sound of crying).
4). The Perfect Man. This of course could also be called The Perfect Woman, and refers to the tendency of friends of singles to claim to know the perfect person for them. The criteria for choosing this person as your “perfect” potential mate appears to only require them to be breathing, and of the opposite sex. Don’t get me wrong non-singles–I know you are concerned for us and want us to be happy, but please, please put a little care and intention into finding us the perfect man. I once had a sweet little lady at my church try to get me to go out with this gentleman who was an absolute stranger to her but had happened to show up to church that day. He turned out to be a felon on a day pass from prison (again, seriously!).
Thank you for listening to me rant. I’m sure there are one or 2 of you in cyber space that have had similar experiences. Getting it off your chest is good so talk to your friends about the things that bother you, just be sure that you don’t become embittered by these light and momentary troubles.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:16, 17