A Question of Morality

Or perhaps it is even one of godliness, either ways it goes thus

In the little town of Mayoma,  there lived a lady. Let’s call her Savannah. Savannah was an average woman, wasn’t poor but she wasn’t rich. Wasn’t void of responsibility but didn’t have an overwhelming lot either.

She wasn’t exceptionally good, but she kept away from evil

The lady loved pies. She ate them all year round, albeit she couldn’t make them,  therefore, she visited several bakeries in Mayoma in hopes of finding the best pie-maker.

That was when she met the baker from yonder. She was a good baker,  but Savannah knew they were not the best pie she would ever taste.

But you see, Savannah had underestimated her quest, by now she was far too fatigued to find the best pie-maker. So she settled and said;

mmhmm, good Baker from yonder, your pies are good-ish, might you be so kind to share with me the recipes as well as bake a pie twice a week for me?”

The Baker replied; “Savannah, the lukewarm lady. You are neither here nor there. I thought you will never ask.” 

“How should we arrange this”, asked Savannah

“You shall come to me Mondays and Fridays. Each time you will get a different pie and I shall teach you the recipe. For this it should be 10 shillings each meeting , but since you’ll come twice a week, I offer you for 8 shillings”

Savannah agreed to terms of the female Baker from Yonder and they proceeded with their meetings.

One Monday, due to natural causes, Savannah could not make it to the baker’s shop. She contacted the baker. 

The baker was angry-ish, but she said to Savannah, ” look! today I do not charge you, but in the future when you will not give me at least a 24 hr notice, then you will pay for the cold pie”

“Thank you dear”, said Savannah, “but then I must reduce our interaction to once a week, as my responsibilities have rippled since our arrangement”

“Then you shall pay me 10 shillings and nothing less”

And so Savannah visited the her only on Fridays. Whether she went late or not, she paid as agreed. 

However, the baker did not always honor the terms. She would be busy doing her laundry, or grooming  her cat instead of teaching Savannah. Frequently, the Baker from yonder would end their session before it was up.

Savannah respected the baker nonetheless, and admired her hustle. Therefore she made no complains against her, instead she continued searching for a baker with special recipes that’ll enrapture her tongue and heart.

And she did, but as a courtesy to the Baker from yonder, she refrained from ending their meeting abruptly and informed the baker that their contract should end with the month

One Friday,  while preparing to visit the Baker from yonder, Savannah’s sister developed a medical emergency. Naturally Savannah skipped the meeting and gave the Baker yet another last minute notice.

The Baker from yonder did not care to understand the events surrounding the absence,  she hadn’t made any pie either, yet she ordered Savannah to pay 20 Shillings on the next occasion.

Savannah being neither friend nor foe, weighed the situation and narrowed her decision to two options;

On one hand, she could end their future meetings , but visit the Baker from yonder to pay 10 shillings for the missed session.

On the other hand, she could be irrational and give the baker nada coupled with never visiting her bakery again.

How do you think Savannah should proceed? How would you react if you were the baker?  what steps would you take to rectify a future misunderstanding between the two entities?

Thanks for reading. The image above was way cuter than any pie images 🙂

Stay Blessed!

4 thoughts on “A Question of Morality”

  1. Not sure. Depends on how reasonable the baker is. Best for me: Pay the 20 shillings, bid her a fond farewell, and continue my quest for better pies and more reasonable people.

  2. On that last meeting Savannah missed, the baker also did not bake a pie. However, Savannah did not know this, so as far as Savannah knew, she was responsible to pay for it. But the baker also had some responsibility. He either needed to furnish the pie or cancel the charge for it. This was not a service contract, i.e., visiting the doctor, but a product for sale. The baker either needed to void the cost of the pie, leaving Savannah owing $10, or produce the pie, for which Savannah would pay $10 plus the $10 for cancelling their arrangement. So the morality hinges on the honesty of the baker, not Savannah, who has faithfully fulfilled her end of the agreement.

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