Tuesday, June 28, 2016
I'd Like To Buy A Noun, Please...
If I scroll back a few years ago in my blog archives I can find stories from our travels in Morocco. Pretty much since then it has been about cleaning up cat vomit, lying awake listening to Steve snore, or wondering aloud about the gradual decline of my body, mind and bank account. And sometimes it's about nothing much at all, which seems to have given me an endless supply of material.
Case in point...
As most of you know, Steve is a pretty awesome guy. He is my best friend, a great husband, loves my family and our friends, a talented artist, and he's a cat whisperer. However (isn't there always a however?) he was born with one genetic defect (maybe more, but this one really stands out). His DNA lacks the ability to form nouns and use them in a sentence. Most of our married life I have had no idea what we are even talking about which I'm sure has contributed to its longevity. Back in our younger days, when a lot of you know what was going on, nouns didn't matter as everything was really more about sound effects and the different decibel levels that were achieved. But nowadays I often think it would be nice to know what's happening.
Today for example, while biking, all of a sudden he yelled "watch out"!
As I was moving along at a bit of a clip it's not like I could easily take in every potential danger around me in the amount of time that it sounded like I needed. "Watch out for what?" I yelled back.
"That!" he shouted.
I swerved off the path to avoid whatever it was I was supposed to not run over, and in the process came close to falling off of my bike.
The good news is, whenever something does happen to me I'm going to be the last to know what hit me, and with any luck will be knocked unconscious, oblivious to my crash.
Here's another example that happens on a daily basis...multiple times.
Steve..."I think that would be a good thing to get."
"What thing?" I ask.
"You know, the one from yesterday" he says.
Me..."and that would be...?"
"When we were at Lowe's."
"I'd like to buy a noun please" I say.
"Planter! That big planter in the garden section!"
"Well finally! Why didn't you say so?"
"That's what I've been trying to tell you" he says.
Good grief. And it for sure won't be long before I get to go through that again.
Lately, when I sense he is about to start talking, I try and speed things up by shouting out random nouns and then just yell "pick one, any one, use it in a sentence! Here ya go...Jewelry! Car! Pasta! Chocolate! Please, we've only got so much time left on this planet and I really need to know what's going on. I could be dead before I know what you're talking about!"
"Pizza!" he yells. "And wine!"
Perfect. My plan has worked again...