Do you ever wonder about why you say some things? Like the other day I was talking to my coworkers and started to listen to myself (yeah, weird). I heard myself say, “No, that will work.” Lucky for me I was the only one listening.
Turns out I say a lot of weird stuff – like the other night when Heather needed to put something in my car. We were both doing things in different rooms so I decided to just put my car keys on the hallway table so she could grab them anytime she wanted.
While walking past Heather on my way to a different room I yelled out, “I put the keys on the door by the table.”
“What?” she yelled from a different part of the house.
“I put the keys on the door by the table!” I yelled in reply.
Then she walks in and says, “That makes no sense.”
“What?” and then I realized what I’d been saying. Suddenly it made no sense to me either.
After a bit of clarification Heather found the keys and took a blanket and sleeping bag to my car. Don’t worry, we were taking them to church for the homeless shelter. Today we moved them to Heather’s car because we both forgot about them and failed to drop them off at church. I wouldn’t have noticed them at all if I hadn’t been grocery shopping and needed to put the groceries in the car.
At this point I want to interject that Heather does trust me to grocery shop on my own and without supervision. I get a list, some instructions and a reminder to take the bags. Maybe it’s just me, but I swear my list always seems to include heavy items. Like today was shopping for our emergency earthquake supplies. We keep a three-day supply of food and water out in the shed just in case there’s a big earthquake that destroys county and we live to complain about it. Every October, I drag the emergency supplies out and Heather checks everything – pulling out the stuff that is near expiring. Then she makes a list of what needs to be replaced.
It’s mostly canned goods and water. Both heavy items. I did buy a box of pasta which turned out to be the lightest item. Did you know that water weighs about eight pounds per gallon? I bought ten gallons.
My back hurts.
Lately I’ve noticed that things seem to be getting heavier. That two and half gallon water jug does seem heavier this year. It’s a bit like a conversation I was having with my boss last week when he noted that time seems to go by faster the older we get.
I’ve noticed this phenomenon too. I told him that it’s just like acceleration due to gravity. You know the longer you fall the faster you go – like if you jump off a tall building your moving the fastest just before you smack into the sidewalk. Time is the same, the older you are, the faster things to go by until – smack.
I was about to explain the equation and graph it on the whiteboard for him when he suddenly said he was late for a meeting and left.
It’s strange, but lately I’ve noticed a lot of my coworkers seem to be late to meetings …
I hope it wasn’t something I said.