“I just asked her to pick up her socks. Why is she so upset?” 「靴下を片付けてと頼んだだけなのになんでそんなに怒った?」

“She’s under a lot of stress at school. It must have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.” 「今学校でストレスを感じてるから、それで堪忍袋の緒が切れたのだろう。」


A camel can carry a lot of straw. But some amount of straw is too much. Sometimes a small thing can take us from a large amount (that we can still handle) to too much (and we can’t handle it). The camel is carrying a heavy load of straw, but it’s okay. Then you add one more piece of straw, and it’s too heavy for the camel.