DY: In Just a Few Words (#75)
I am still learning my role.
Who runs your house? I know who runs mine, and it isn’t your favorite blogger.
Way back in olden times - think 1993 - Karen and I came out of church one nice spring Sunday. We lived about two miles from this church. After an arduous five-minute drive, we reached the halfway point on Liberty Road when, lo and behold, there was a sign pointing to a new development called Chagrin Highlands.
Let’s see what that’s all about, she said.
No thanks, I wanna get home for lunch.
Oh, it will only take five minutes out of your day. It’s Sunday. We’re not in any rush to go somewhere.
O.K., but five minutes is it, four if I drive a little faster, I replied.
And, so it was that in less than 48 hours, we became the proud owners of a really nice new home (pictured above) that was still under construction. Mind you, this really nice new home was to replace the really nice home we already had. We lived in the new one for 22 years before downsizing into the cluster home where you can find us today.
I’m not sure what the lesson of the story is. Maybe it’s that we should drive separately when we go to church. Maybe it’s that I should pray that I’ll never get trapped like that again.
All this brings us to last week, when we set out after lunch one day to go buy some bird seed to fill our feeders. If your life experience doesn’t include being a bird in Northeast Ohio, you may not realize how bone-chilling winter can be. The poor things are in constant need of sustenance. Good people like me feed those that missed the migration plane to Florida. So, we set off for the bird seed store.
On our way, let’s stop at our car dealer and check on my lease to see when we should start to think about a new car for me, Karen said.
OK, but I need to get back quickly as I have a blog I want to finish.
No problem, we’ll just zip in and out and, while we’re there, they can give my car a little wash. It’s important to get ahead of the game as I keep reading how long you have to wait for a new car – as in months, she added.
Believe it or not, we immediately encountered our regular sales person, who said he indeed had - right then and there, sitting on his lot - not one, but six of the exact model we wanted to lease next. You can drive out with your new car this very afternoon. What luck!
I gulped. All I wanted was to get some bird seed and go home.
You guessed it. We drove Karen’s wonderful new car to our home after picking up the bird seed.
That evening I had a stiff glass of wine - which I define as two glasses of wine. It’s the new cheap brand I will be buying so some of my normal wine budget goes into her fine new car.
What have I learned through this latest experience? Perhaps not much. I’m clearly no smarter than when I bought that house in 1993. Maybe it’s just that if one has a relationship with birds, it needs to be kept secret. If your wife gets on to what you’re doing, she may fly the coop in her new car.
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