True friends are God’s gifts to us, and the Bible tells us to choose our friends wisely.
When we moved to the seaside, I met Susan, a pleasant woman, and thinking we might become friends, I invited her to tea at Mifflin’s, our award winning tea room.
Our visit started pleasantly, but within ten minutes I was aware that Susan suffers from ” I- itis” . This is a word that I made up to describe a condition suffered by people who are self-absorbed. This condition can also be called : ‘ inflammation of the ego’.
Susan chattered on about her husband ‘s cousin’s recent eye surgery, how her Aunt’s cat recently had a fight with a neighbourhood stray, and proudly announced that her youngest grandchild now has six teeth.
Susan was unaware of my body language, how my eyes were turning glossy, and how I kept lunging forward in my seat with my mouth open, trying to say something. Apparently Susan thought monologue and conversation had the same meaning.
We finished our tea, and I, exhaustedly , went home to have a nap.
By God’s grace, I developed several close friendships here on the island. However, Susan and I remain acquaintences. Do you know anyone who currently suffers from ” I-itis” ?