Just last night over dinner out, POB (partner of blogger) and I were discussing our different approaches in dealing with annoying people or circumstances.
POB is from a “good home”, has wonderful manners and rarely curses. Even though I , too, came from a “good home”, I have a potty mouth.
The practical difference is that POB can be baited for a long time before she boils over. Someone has to dangle that fish hook at her for a good, long while. In contra-distinction, I will drive to some barely noticeable bait, put in the water by a sleepy fisherman and impale myself on the hook, squirm and cuss.
Who knew that our theoretical conversation would almost immediately have practical application.
Our son’s teacher sent around an email that all the kids need to bring 2-litre clear bottles for a science experiment. Because POB is a class mom (and so am I, by extension), we decided to get some extra ones in case some of the kids’ parents did not receive the email blast.
Thinking, “reduce, re-use, recycle,” we went to the basement of our building to get used soda bottles. It was an event so I had to document it (pictures are a little unclear; darn that blackberry camera).
Last night late, POB sent around an email suggesting that the recycling in everyone’s apartment buildings’ basements would be a good place to look for this particular “school supply”. Just keeping with the “reduce, re-use, recycle” mantra.
One of the parents needed to send around an email this morning, “I was rummaging around our basement recycling area at around 7:00 AM this morning – not part of my usual morning routine. . . .”
Ok, AS IF any of us rummage through our building garbage as part of our daily regimen?
So, I had to, had to, had to email back (hitting reply to all, of course), that it was foreign for us, too, so much so that I took pictures to document the event.
POB emailed back to me (not reply to all, thank G-d — that good upbringing is so important):
“you just had to impale yourself on that hook, didn’t you?!”
Yes, yes, I did.