A woman had a passion for hiking and indulging in solitary picnics. However, she would soon discover that this harmless activity could get in the way of the lives of other people.
A Tranquil Picnic Tradition
One day, the woman set out to explore a new hiking location. She had a cherished tradition of enjoying a hearty meal while surrounded by the beauty of nature. On this day, her chosen spot offered a breathtaking view of a serene lake, making it the perfect setting for her outdoor meal.
Interrupted By a Photographer
However, the woman’s peaceful mealtime ritual was disrupted just five minutes in. A man carrying a camera approached her, explaining that a couple intended to use the same spot for a marriage proposal and kindly asked her to relocate.
An Initial Refusal
The woman was unwilling to abandon her setup so hastily. “I told him no, that I had barely just got there, and I was in the middle of my meal”, she recounted. The photographer, slightly perturbed, persisted in asking her to move, but she stood her ground.
Moments later, the couple planning the proposal joined the conversation. The proposer politely inquired if the woman could vacate the area for their special moment. However, her response remained unchanged: a resolute refusal due to her ongoing meal.
A Displeased Proposal Planner
Growing impatient, the proposer expressed frustration with the woman. “He asks me what the heck is wrong with me, and I just tell him that I am eating my meal”, she wrote.
The Proposal Delayed
After a prolonged exchange, the proposer, vexed, eventually left the woman to her picnic. Undisturbed by the confrontation, she continued to dine while wearing headphones.
An Unpleasant Encounter
Finally left in peace, the woman eventually finished her meal and packed up, proceeding to begin her descent. To her surprise, she encountered the couple and the photographer again, waiting at a different location. The men pointed at the woman, and the lady raised her voice in anger, blaming her for ruining her proposal plans.
A Diplomatic Farewell
Maintaining composure, the woman simply smiled and congratulated the couple on their engagement before walking away, leaving the contentious scene behind.
The Boyfriend’s Perspective
Back home, the woman recounted the encounter to her boyfriend, who offered a straightforward assessment of the situation. He expressed that refusing to move from the proposal spot was, in his view, an unkind action.
However, the woman still remained strongminded. She felt that people shouldn’t feel entitled to make others abandon their activities simply because they hadn’t prepared for their plans in advance. She recognized that a proposal may be important to other people, but to her, it held no more value than her tranquil solo lunches.
Asking the Internet
The woman was curious to see what other people thought about her steadfast approach to the situation. She posted her story online, waiting for the comments to pile in. The responses were mixed. “They had no right to demand that you move”, stated one reader. “However, it wouldn’t have killed you to move. The way you wrote it, it sounds like you were being petty.”
Criticism of the woman’s tone of voice was common. “The tone of the way you’re explaining it tells me you felt this as some kind of power play”, another commenter expressed. “Sounds like you were utilizing a highly desirable spot just for you, and you knew that, so I think that makes you equally, if not more, selfish than someone asking to clear the spot.”
However, some people still felt that the woman did nothing wrong. “If you plan a proposal in a public space, send someone to check and prepare the spot an hour in advance and not minutes before they are there”, a commenter stated. “Otherwise propose somewhere else where you can control the situation.”
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