Every Little Worlder has had it – whether they are miniature builders, doll house enthusiasts, toy collectors, model collectors, collector collectors, scale modellers, airplane flyers, train hobbyists, or r/c boaters – they have all had that sneering question…
” What’s the point ? ”
It is not actually a question – it is a statement. It says two things about the person who utters it:
a. I don’t enjoy little things – because I don’t or can’t have, make, see, or imagine them.
b. I want to make you feel less than me – and the best way is to belittle what you obviously enjoy.
Answering a question is one thing – but none of us is required to answer a statement. We don’t have to become incensed or feel bad about it, or to notice it in any way. But if we do want to reply, may I suggest one of the following…
a. ” There is no point. There never has been nor will there ever be. Only fools seek a point. ”
b. ” I do it as therapy. Let me tell you about my illness. Have you an hour? Come close and I will stimulate you. ”
c. ” You can’t see a point? Oh, dear. Not had much to do with art, then, eh? ”
d. ” You’d like to buy my models/toys/figurines/diorama? Well why didn’t you say so? Don’t be shy. For you – a special price – $ 1500. Now don’t be a piker…no-one likes a cheap-arse. Let’s see the colour of your money…”
Most bullies never expect the victim fight back. If you are ready with a faster, funnier, firmer response than they can deal with, you have them on the run. When you see them sheer off and try to run for it, pursue them. You have the entire support of the Little World behind you.