Pity the Fool.

Image from here.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a question/answer post, so today I am going to remedy that oversight.  If you’re new to Archives of Our Lives, first of all: WELCOME!  Secondly, here’s how it goes: The name of the game is “Ask Me Anything.”  Ask me any burning question you have, by way of comment or email [archiveslives@gmail.com], and I will answer it.  When?  When it suits my fancy.  Usually the days I answer questions are Thursdays (except today), and normally I only answer one question per post.  No question will go unanswered…but some may take a while for me to reach.

Today’s question comes from an original reader, and a very good friend of mine, Lindsay. She writes:

“I’ve got a good question prompt for you Camille that I think people would enjoy your answers to…  Whom do you pity? Or who do you think even deserves pity? Would a tragically unemployed housewife such as myself qualify? The unshaven bum on the corner? The Disneyland teacup workers? A mother of 10? Oh, the list could go on and on!”

A: Well, Lindsay, you’ve got one thing right, my friend: The list of people I pity could go on and on.  Despite the fact that I’m kind of grouchy and don’t really like people in general, I am nevertheless very generous in dishing out my pity on deserving individuals.  Among my most pitied are the following:

-Immigrants who have to work jobs they loathe because their options are so limited (i.e. plunging toilets in filthy movie theatres at 3 a.m. every weekend).

-People who are literally unable to help themselves.

-People who have to walk to the grocery store.  Especially in Arizona.  This stirs deep feelings of pity inside my otherwise-empty soul.  It’s probably silly—a lot of people likely enjoy their walks [I myself have even been known to do it from time to time].  Still, it makes me very sad.

But I’m not going to talk about any of those pitiful people today.  I’m going one step further.  The type of person I pity most in this world is the person who gets on my bad side.

Not because I am vicious; I don’t keep a Burn Book or anything.

Though if I did, it would be a tasteful Moleskine™, not a trashy pink thing like this.  Please, girls, show some tact.  Image from here.

No; when a person gets on my bad side, well…that’s the end of it. Like our dear Mr. Darcy once said, “My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.”

It’s true.  I try to give people every benefit of the doubt, and I do my darnedest to let people earn my trust, but if (and when) it becomes undeniably clear that I cannot respect a person…I never will. Furthermore, if I am mistreated, disrespected, or two-timed enough by someone previously dear to me, it is over—and fast.  If I can’t find a loyal friend, then I don’t need a friend at all.  That’s what I say.

Some might consider this a bad quality, and that I ought to forgive and forget and turn my other yadda yadda; I, however, consider it NOT BEING A SUCKER. This is how I live my life, daily striving not to be a sucker.  It’s very liberating.

There was a time in my life when the most important feature I looked for in a friend or a date was humour—whether or not so-and-so could make me laugh.  But I’ve changed.  Now, I’m all about loyalty.  And sincerity.  Really.

You could be as boring as a trigonometry textbook on sleeping pills, but if you were always genuinely nice to me, I’d be your lifelong pal.  Image from here.

So what have we learned from this, class?

Simple: Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, and earn my unending pity, because you lost out on something wonderful…

Truly, a face only a mother could love. Who wouldn’t want to be loyal to a person like this?  Anyone?

[Cue crickets.]

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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16 Responses to Pity the Fool.

  1. Katie says:

    You quoted Mr. Darcy. I knew we were destined to be blog friends.

  2. NobodyNose says:

    Amen. I love how you’re so honest about it. I CANNOT STAND it when people sugar coat things! Just get it over with for crying out loud! Anywho, excellent post, a great way to start out what is going to be a very long day for me.

  3. Holly Decker says:

    high five lindsay… good questions… after all, anyone who can bring out such an essay from camille is brilliant.
    and camille… wow. all i have to say is wow.

    and you know what? i actually pity people who walk to the grocery store, too! especially in arizona.

  4. HeatherPride says:

    Yep, that’s exactly how I feel about it too. I never give someone a second chance to stab me in the back. Lesson learned.

  5. niki says:

    thanks for the tip quazzi… i’ll be sure to always be nice to you.

    oh, and you’re good…that pic in the brick room IS on main street.

  6. Lauren says:

    I pity immigrants that have to plunge toilets too.

    I sometimes wish I had a burn book. There would only be two pictures in it. I bet you are dying to know who those two pictures are of…

  7. Cristin says:

    I used to have to walk in the snow to the grocery store when I was in college at NAU. I also felt sorry for myself. It was pitiful.

  8. Lindsay says:

    Oh i am so glad you answered this one! i have been dying to know what you’d have to say about it, and truly, i was not disappointed….just a little scared by that last picture, is all. But excellent response to my question! thank you thank you!!!

  9. Allan says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. I don’t have a lot of friends, but the ones i have are true to the end. That’s the way, uh huhn, uh huhn, i like it. Say it again.

  10. Granamama says:

    To forgive is divine. I am going to read THE CAPTIVE for my ward’s book club. Has anyone ever read this Victoria Holt classic. Jami is the host and as such I have found a $6.00 copy which I will purchase tomorrow. I know that J.A. is one of your favorite (spelled the good ole AMERICAN way) authors, but my question is—–“Who is your all time favorite author and why?” For a more detailed answer—What is the best book you have ever read in your entire life?” Explanations please.
    Te amo,
    GAMMAMAMAMMAMAMMAMAMAMAMMA

  11. great post. I have to admit once I read the post, I looked to see if my blog link was still on your list to the right, even though I havent been such a meticulous poster or reader the past week or so, and I was happy to see that I am not in your moleskin (WHICH I LOVE) burn book.

    I can say for you readers out there, how wonderfully famous you feel, when your question is selected for answering.

    I totally feel sorry for people carrying their groceries home, everyone in my neighborhood seems to be Mexicans walking with their groceries… and I am always tempted to offer them rides… but know my husband would be concerned for my well being if I started inviting strangers into my car with our Daughter, lol.

    Here is a question for you: What is your favorite animal and why? Also on the same vein, if you could be any animal or living thing apart from a human (which you obviously already are) what would you choose and why?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Millie,

    Well said.

  13. anonymous says:

    i pity the cards.

  14. jami says:

    Good post. I haven’t been able to comment for sometime, but I have still read, and really enjoyed all of your posts.
    I just LOVED this post. I feel that I have the same problem.

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