Sheesh. Am I being silly here? Totally trivial?
A few nights ago, some friends came over and we all shared in a meal at my place (ie shared cooking). We've been doing this in our little circle, rotating dinners at each other's homes, and all sharing in the cooking. It was my turn to have it at my place. A friend ("Chuck") had a new kitchen knife, and was eager to try it out.
It was a lot of fun, but one little thing bothered me:
I had printed out an exercise schedule for myself for the month of January, which was merely a list of exercises to do for each day in January, that I ticked off at the end of each day after they were done. It's just a sheet of paper and I can easily print another off the internet, but I was keeping it near the kitchen counter as a motivator.
We were just clearing up after an amazing meal, when Chuck decided to sharpen his new knife. He was so impressed with his sharpening skills, I guess, that he wanted to show everyone how sharp it was. He went to grab a piece of paper from a little pile I had tucked away, and I said, "No!! Not those papers!" (they were vet records that I wanted to keep). I was looking around for some scrap paper he could slash, but before I knew it, he'd grabbed my exercise sheet and started slashing that. With an "ooohh!! Look how sharp it is!!" and wanting everyone to admire. (Let's ignore here the danger of waving knives around, as he was standing well away from everyone else and I know that while his obsession is childish, he would never do anything dangerous).
I said, "No, please don't cut that up, I use that!" He laughed and continued to slash. I asked several times to "please stop, that's my exercise sheet" to no avail.
So now it's mangled but still useable and it would take me no time at all to print off another one if I wanted, but I still find myself irritated every time I go to do the exercises and see the mangled sheet. Not over the piece of paper, per se, but the attitude that whatever you see lying around someone's home is yours to decide if you want to mangle.
How trivial am I being, and is it worth bringing this up with him several days later? It's not the first time he's disrespected boundaries and requests not to do things.