Samantha’s mother packs her a fantastic lunch each day. One day, Samantha saw Keith eating one dry sandwich. The next day, he had the same thing. She felt sorry for him.
She told her mother and asked that tomorrow she pack an extra cookie, which she did.
The next day, Samantha sat at Keith’s table and opened her lunch box and asked him if he wanted a cookie.
He looked at the cookie, it was home made, it was big, but Keith didn’t take charity, so said, “No.”
Samantha’s friend Joanie sat down and Samantha gave her the extra cookie, and they spoke about how good a baker Samantha’s mother was.
The day after that, Samantha sat at the other side of the room and never looked at or spoke to Keith again.
Now if Keith had taken the cookie, he’d probably get another the next day, maybe half of her lunch the following week, and instead of having a small sardine sandwich would have had a variety of clever and tasty dishes. But, being stupid he decided his ‘pride’ could not permit him to take a cookie.