- the straw that broke the camel's back
- February 27th, 2015
the camel had come to learn, as camels often do, that it was far from perfect. it looked upon its humped back with disdain; its eyes narrowing in on its bulbous nose that it assumed would always be a stumbling block to being loved by any owner. it by no means meant that it suffered from a crippling case of low self esteem, but it struggled and found it prohibitively hard to see the value of its, well, camelness.
the camel felt like it had been wandering through the desert for ages, for camels tend to have an inaccurate grasp of time. why was the camel wandering you ask - what was this camel looking for? you see, this camel wasn't like most camels. it had a precocious nature, quite possibly a culmination of hardship it endured growing up. it yearned for more than just a fresh drink of water, for physical thirst in the desert is nothing quite as dire as the emotional thirst for love. (the disappointment of countless oasis mirages it encountered on its journey certainly did not help).
the camel did have its fair share of camel owners who attempted to have it for themselves. they weren't all that bad, but they never seemed to quite quench the aridity of its heart.
one day, just as the camel was losing all hope, far away from a patch of barren sand dunes it called home, the camel met a man. the man was a novice at owning camels. he had dealt with camels before, but he never quite had one that he would call his own. the camel frowned upon the man's lack of experience but something in the man's eyes caught it's attention. maybe it was inexperience or maybe it was just "meant to be" - whatever the hell that meant, the camel thought to itself - but there was a sincerity and eagerness in this potential owner's eyes that it couldn't very well deny. after spending a few days with the man, it was won over and decided to make him its owner.
the camel grew to care dearly for the man, just as the man did for the camel. he was a gentle and kind owner, and the camel was more than happy to oblige him with its help. the camel blossomed in the love its owner showered on it and started to see its imperfections in a different light. its insecurities seemed to dim in garishness and the camel had never been happier.
from time to time the camel and its owner would encounter their fair share of disagreements. stubborn - as most camels are - it would be obstinate and refuse to budge especially when it felt like it wasn't given the proper care and attention it expected from the man. the man on the other hand - the novice that he was - was equally responsible for being unable to adequately deal with the camel's wants and needs. every time they fell out the camel would feel a pang in its heart. this pain that it felt would grow with every subsequent conflict.
the camel wondered whether a day would come when the pain was too much for it to bear.