My husband gets home from work after midnight. And when he does, I like to welcome him by saying things like this…
“There is a lizard under the couch. I can’t get it out. Please catch it. I’m going to bed.”
“I can try,” he says with as much enthusiasm as if he was being audited.
“What do you mean try? You need to catch it.”
“I’ll give it my best but they are really fast.”
“Why the defeatist attitude? You need to go in with some optimism. Some positive energy! The lizard can sense your negative vibe. Do you think an Olympian says, ‘I’ll TRY to land the triple Salchow?!’ No, they say, ‘I’ll do it!!’ That’s what being a champion is all about.”
I start to wonder if I should be an inspirational speaker and/or a life coach because I’m really good at this.
“So can you catch the lizard please?” I ask.
“I’ll try,” responded Rick with as much enthusiasm as if he was being audited for the second time.
Well, turns out he did catch that lizard and obviously he credited my inspiring pep talk. I mean, not out loud. But in his head, I’m positively sure.
So then last night Rick came home from work and I said…
“There is a camp shirt stuck on the chandelier. I can’t get it. Please get it down. Summer needs to wear it in the morning. I’m going to bed.”
He said something about needing a ladder but I just heard, “All over it honey! Get some beauty sleep because I have this covered.”
In the morning, I expected to see that camp shirt folded and ready to go but it was exactly where my daughter had inadvertently thrown it – on the chandelier.
Damn. Delegating did not work. I went into phase two of problem solving. Ignore the situation.
And hallelujah, it worked! Dylan and Summer configured some sort of apparatus with a mop, a pirate sword and duct tape and managed to get it down.
That is seriously what they used.
I was only sad my dad wasn’t there at the time because he is a man who loves to problem solve a situation. The longer it takes the better!
I’ve never seen him happier than when he got a ladder stuck high up in his tree on Cape Cod.
Yeah, I can’t really remember the details of how that exactly happened.
But hey, a ladder! That’s something I could probably use around here.