Sunday Writing Prompt “Satire” – The Plural.


I get sick of hearing people talk in the plural.

“On our holiday we did this.”

“Last week we had dinner at the Ace restaurant.”

“We are so in love.”


You never hear: “On my holiday I did..” Well, you do, but no one cares.

If you exclaim “I’m so in love” the next question is, “With whom?”


We live in a plural world, we are encouraged to be gracious in most things and sharing a life is truly a wonderful thing.

But what if the plural is denied to you, what do you then do to make yourself acceptable with societies norms.

I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault, then again there could be an argument for being a self-centred bastard who cares about himself only.

But that is not me. Having tried and failed miserably in love and relationship I now live in the singular. I can only say, “I did this, I think that.” And I have to be content with that.

As I have explained before attempts at love, have resulted in me eating a lot of dust.

I know I live in a plural world where society smiles benevolently on the plural and queries the singular in such a way as to wonder why a person is incapable of achieving some sort of plural status.

I haven’t given up hope but rather hang on to the words of advice and encouragement I was once given: “Any day now you’ll walk around a corner and bump into a woman who has the house, car and swimming pool and thinks you are the bee’s knees.”


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8 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt “Satire” – The Plural.

  1. Lyn says:

    Don’t forget, she also should have “room for a pony.” Sorry, I’ve been overdosing on “Keeping up Appearances.” 🙂
    Of course, one could always resort to the royal “We.”

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Good luck 🙂 Meanwhile, ‘I’ keeps you safe from many assumptions the prospect would make.

  3. Suzanne says:

    I agree with you. This society is set up for couples. Like you I am on my own more by circumstance than design but I have grown used to it. It does have it’s draw backs though. One thing I find difficult is travelling alone as a single older female, particularly in Australia. Hotels and Motels cater for couples. People are expected to be in a couple when they eat out – that or in large family groups. Everyone seems to travel in couples or groups. I find myself staying away from tourist spots because of the looks I get when I arrive on my own. It would be good if the world could accept that not every one is in a relationship.

  4. Hi Michael. You are so right, everything does seem to favour couples, even down to shopping for a simple meal, portions are rarely in ‘one’ size, and if they are, they cost the earth! Not too bad if you have a freezer, but if not, it’s either tins, packets or takeout.

  5. Society can be so insensitive and so persistent in trying to maintain a status quo. My husband’s sister can’t have children and this is devastating for her personally because she truly wanted children and at a dinner party I heard an older man giving her hard time for not being married with kids and I nearly punched him in the face.

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