King of the Road

Linnae is trying to talk us into going out to eat…
Me: ”maybe she gets this persuasive gene from your family, like your brother…”
Linnae: ” No, I was born just like my brother and sister! Now hit the road!”
After a moment of stunned silence, Paul replies:
”But the road hits back, remember? Newton’s 3rd Law.”

And this, my friends, is why I married him.

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The dreaded vacuum

”Yeah…” (on my way up the stairs)
”I love you.”
”I love you too…”
”I love you and please don’t vacuum in here…”

Hmm. Should I just make my life easier and avoid that room entirely? Do I want to know?

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It might make sense to think that our default behavior, or perhaps just that which we revert to in times of stress, is our ”true self,” but I think that’s just an ·easier· assessment. Sure, there’s all kinds of pithy ‘dichos’ about taking the measure of a man, but I think perhaps understanding someone else, or even ourselves, requires a lot more thought and compassion than we are normally willing to spend. Or at least, than I’m willing to spend, most of the time.

In short, I think most people might be looking for predictability rather than actual understanding of another person.

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