Terrible was an understatement, Miranda has been circling the area for 20mins now, stubbornness has stopped her from asking for help- help she desperately needed. Is this stubbornness or pride? Maybe both. At this rate she was going to be late for the interview.
“Ughh!!” all she needed was to ask.
“2257” it should be around here somewhere. She prances for another 5mins until she forced herself to ask a passerby. “Excuse me Sir, could you please point me to 2261 Adelaide road?” She wondered why the man looked confused as hell- Ughh this is why she doesn’t ask for help, people could be so dumb at times.
She rolled her eyes furiously.
“Madam this is Adelaide Avenue not road, you would have to go back on the highway going north and get off at the next exit”
“OH CRAPITTY CRAP, how could I have missed that” She stormed into her car without saying thanks.
“You’re welcome!!!!” he yelled.
She turned round hissing. She called the company immediately to cancel the interview because due to uhmmm… car issues. Thank God they accepted to reschedule it for next week Wednesday 12:30 pm, at first the secretary was rude and condescending. In all honesty, she gave the secretary the power to act in such snobbish manner. She certainly wasn’t as intelligent as Miranda. Madam secretary was sure to get a taste of her own medicine when Miranda finally got the job. For Miranda, this wasn’t a good time for an interview, right now, she was very upset and frustrated.
“Kristen, can you believe what just happened? I am so pissed off right now! Can you believe I went to the wrong place it was totally not my fault, who was stupid enough to have two streets bearing the same name? I looked foolish telling the secretary I had car problems…so dumb! You know what also? the guy I asked direction from was tots rude-”.
“Miranda, Stop talking! ughhh… You need to chill out and stop being uptight all the time and I’m sure the guy wasn’t rude”
“But Kristen why are you so mean? I am upset over here and you are worsening the situation. You know what? I’ll call you when I get home, Bye”
Miranda was munching on cookies and her favorite pistachio and mint ice-cream when Kristen called. “Miranda, are we still on for tonight? We have VIP access to ‘La Falls’, I heard it is the classiest of the classiest and we might meet some wealthy eligible bachelors”.
“Classiest of the Classiest?? You know that is incorrect right?” She wondered when her friend would start talking like an educated human. “But sure! I don’t know what to wear though. Can I wear a black dress?”
“We aren’t going to a funeral and besides Black makes you look sick. Wear that gold dress I got for your birthday last year”.
“Ok…see you at 9?”
“Sounds good, I can’t wait” *SCREAMS*”
Miranda arrived at Kristen’s door at 8:46pm. Her father instilled punctuality in her, he was the only one that truly understood her. The coconut surely doesn’t fall far from the coconut tree. May his soul continually rest in perfect peace.
“Oh it’s you, I’m not ready yet, you always come too early and why are you wearing that black dress?? You never listen to me Ughhh” Kristen scowled.
“You know I do what I want to do when I want to do it Kristen.” *flicks hair*
“That’s why you can’t seem to get a job or keep a boyfriend?? You are lucky I still stick around with your disgusting attitude. Moving on, Come to the room and help me curl hair while I put on makeup”
Miranda pondered on the statement her best friend made, it’s true! She hasn’t been able to keep a relationship, even her siblings only call her once a month just to fulfill all righteousness and the calls don’t last 10 mins. They can’t all be wrong- there must be something wrong with her. How and when did she cultivate such a habit?
“Could you make the curls it a bit looser? I am going for a classy surfer girl look” Kristen cuts into Miranda’s thoughts.
“There’s nothing classy about the surfer girl look your highness”
“Hehe…you should call me that more often it suits me”
“Nope, never gonna happen atleast not in this lifetime”.
“Whatever” *Kristen pouts*
“Kristen, do you know when I cultivated this habit?”
“ What are you talking about?”
“I’ve just being thinking about not being able to keep a job and all”
“Miranda I am sorry I shouldn’t have been so brash”
“Nah Kristen you were honest and it was good for me to hear that again, my siblings and I don’t talk anymore because of this attitude. I always think I’m right and I feel no one is as smart as me. I can’t even take corrections for goodness’ sake” “I feel like a fool, if I keep doing this, I might end up a lonely old woman with 15 cats and I don’t like cats”
“There’s no need to feel like a fool, you are a nice, smart and kind-hearted person, you just have to embrace that side of you and stop trying to be the smartest person in the room because you are not. Plus, you can always learn a thing or two from someone else. You can try it out at ‘La Falls’ tonight”
“True!! Finish up your makeup it’s already 9:15”
At ‘La Falls’ Kristen and Miranda sip on cranberry mocktails- they swore off alcohol after that spring-break disaster. Who had thought that that someone would rob drunk, pretty and young girls? To be honest she had insulted the guys a day before, they were lucky that they weren’t beaten up too. This stubbornness puts her trouble every time- she needed to get a grip.
“Miranda! Look at the guy over there, he’s totally checking you out. Go over and socialize”
“I won’t do such! I can’t beg a guy to get his attention” Miranda looks at him, he looked familiar
“OK just promise me that you will play nice if he comes over”
“Kristen he looks familiar, I think I ask him for directions today…look!! He’s coming Shhhhhhh!!!” Miranda whispers.
“Hi you look familiar, have we met before?”
“Not really but I asked you for directions earlier today”
“Oh yea, you seemed like you were in a hurry – where are my manners? My name is Tobi and you are?”
“Oh Hi Tobi, I am Miranda and this is my friend, Kristen. I should apologize for my behavior today I usually hate asking for help and so I was abit upset when I had to ask you”
“Oh really, it’s ok, I wasn’t upset. By the way ladies, do you care for refills?”
“Yes thank you, we will have the cranberry mocktails” Kristen interjected. Tobi laughs and made the order.
There was great conversation, wonderful people and the ambience was nice. They all had a lovely time. She didn’t remember when last she had so much fun, she let go of her inhibitions and became free- she had never been free. At that moment she didn’t care about being the smartest person in the room nor did she shove her opinions down others’ throats. Their discussion touched on religion, politics, relationships and everything in between. Is this what she had been missing? She had always feared being invisible, she wanted her voice to be heard. She was blinded by that and it evolved into pride.
Ahh this is life at last, she was free after all.
“Pride is an independent, me-oriented spirit. It makes people arrogant, rude and hard to get along with. When our heart is prideful, we don’t give God the credit and we mistreat people, looking down on them and thinking we deserve what we have.”
Kwaheri Ya Kuonana,