FOWC with Fandango — Cynicism

Go back 30 years or so and two cynics got together.
They compared notes on their cynicism and discovered they had both been victims of only being liked or contacted for the other person’s convenience or what they could do for them.
They became a couple, making allowances for fair weather friends and were cheerful, polite, and accommodating to family.
It got too much and they moved away, taking their cynicism with them.

A new area, new jobs, new people.
They were liked………………… until they said No.
Suddenly their new friends didn’t want to know.
They were labelled as unco-operative, awkward, inconsiderate and they moved again, despondent, unsure of themselves and wary of everyone they met.

They embarked on a totally different and simpler way of life.
New acquaintances of a different ilk. They all had something in common, and it wasn’t cynicism.
They explained their view that if someone was nice to them, their first thought was
‘What do they want?’
Nods and ‘Ayes’, people understood.
Then they realised it was not they who were at fault at all. It never was.
People had taken advantage of their good nature, then when they had not got their own way, struck out making them feel inadequate, pariahs, misfits, unreasonable and selfish human beings.
They are still cynical, but only when meeting people for the first time and if their initial instincts pan out, there is no second meeting.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Cynicism

  1. Sadje says:

    Very good take on the Prompt. And more truth than fiction.

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