Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Today will be good. It has to be. There will be no rain clouds, no boats sinking, no ants ordering me around and no unpredicted hurricane-force storms. This picture shows nothing but blue skies and the Chesapeake Bay, my favorite body of water outside of my bathtub (except the bay doesn't have soap scum, although it does have eels and blowtoads). Today I have to go to the paying job, but aside from that minor cirrus cloud the skies are DEFINITELY GOING TO BE CLEAR AND BLUE. Do ya hear me ants and storm clouds and boats that wish to put me in an early grave?
Today I will not talk about yesterday, except that I already did.
I am tardy on two blogging assignments, but I can only tackle one at the time given my dissatisfaction with the answers I've come up with to both questions and the stench of motor oil seeping from my pores after bailing out a boat whose inboard/outboard was completely submerged. These noxious fumes have rendered me even more incapable than usual of performing my daily functions, which include The Internet and The Internet, in that order precisely.
Mental p Mamma (www.thementalpausechronicles.blogspot.com - please visit if you never have, she has beautiful photos and inspirational words) was kind enough to tag me for a little exercise that involves asking spouse/partner/kids/dogs/cats/whomever to list 3 random things that pop into their minds when they think about you (also known as me).
I confess that I like to color outside the lines sometimes. I also confess that I asked more than one person, plus two cats to contribute to this exercise. I combined all the answers and wanted to pick and choose the ones I liked best to post here for the world to see, even though the world = two readers.
Sisters: I do not expect to hear anything from either of you about me bending rules, or not playing fairly, or anything like that. You both know how responsible and law-abiding I am. If I wish to exercise poetic license every now and then, I think I should be entitled to do so....even if that license expired in 1983.
Actually, the reason I approached it this way is because I didn't find anything earth-shattering or even mildly entertaining about my children's responses, other than one who said, "I don't know."
Nevertheless, here we go with their answers:
- I try to think of what you look like (I will tell you Daughter said this, and I have to say when your own daughter doesn’t know what you look like, there might be a problem. Therefore, I will interpret this to mean that when she thinks of me, she thinks of what I look like. I love poetic license.)
-You radiate good to all who come near you (Aw. I never knew. Will someone read this line at my funeral? You can claim poetic license. Thanks.)
-I wonder how you're doing (Am I really that stressed? Never mind, I know the answer.)
-Funny (I like this one, except this was my cat's answer.)
-I don’t know (This was especially profound…and troubling given the source. Clearly I need to spend more time with my children.)
-As dependable as time itself (Aw again. The only thing you cannot depend on me for is housework.)
-Wonder if you watered my plants (Son is growing watermelons, and I always forget to water them when he goes away overnight to someone’s house. Thank goodness for rain.)
-Bright/Smart (This individual is really not well.)
-Exudes a sincerity and calm that is captivating (Very sweet,but I was not exuding calm yesterday morning when I discovered the boat half-sunk. I'd call that exuding fire from my tongue as my head spun around.)
That’s it. If I had to select the single one above that I believe describes me it would hands down be, “I don’t know.”
Hang on to your hat, Grandma J (www.askgrandmaj.blogspot.com - check it out). I'm tackling your assignment tonight night after work. But I will be completely unable to copy graphics and create links--and follow instructions. I may color outside the lines a bit and exercise that expired poetic license.
In the meantime, here's hoping everyone has a sunny day.
"I don't know."