by The Crowded Camel
In light of his recent kitchen mishap, the Camel has been particularly nervous around fire, and his nerves are exacerbated during a recent romantic dinner that he arranged for a lady friend. His apprehension in lighting the candle combines with his anticipation of hosting a romantic dinner to make the Camel feel extremely nervous and anxiety-ridden during what should have been an enjoyable and relaxing evening.
As his anxiety escalates, the Camel might find solace in a passage from the classic short story by Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow:
I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration….He who wins a thousand common hearts is therefore entitled to some renown; but he who keeps undisputed sway over the heart of a coquette is indeed a hero.
In trying to win over his date, the Camel should realize that what he aspires to is highly challenging and difficult to attain. Therefore, it is okay in this situation to be nervous and feel anxiety. Most importantly, he should not let his feelings of anxiety deter him from his pursuits, as the only way for one to fail is to not try at all.
Irving, Washington, and Arthur Rackham. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. New York: of Wonder, 1990. Print.