My Mom and Dad were opposites. Mom wanted problems solved immediately. Dad, on the other hand, was a reflective type and he liked “to sleep on things.” Daily routines were important to him. He walked and talked the same speed no matter what. It made for some interesting times.
During the winters of 1973 and 1974, Mom and Dad closed up our house in West Head and we moved down to the island to take care of Tomi and Yvonne Ungerer’s home and farm animals while they spent time in Switzerland.
One morning, Dad was sitting at the table eating his oatmeal and drinking his tea the way he did every day of the year. The phone rang and all we could hear was dad saying, “What? Yeah? Okay.” He hung up and continued with his breakfast.
Mom came along and the conversation went like this:
Gene, who was on the phone?
What did he want?
He said my boat is sunk at the wharf.
WHAT? YOUR BOAT IS SUNK AND YOU’RE SITTIN’ HERE EATIN’ YOUR BREAKFAST LIKE NOTHIN’ HAPPENED. QUIT EATIN’ AND GO TO THE WHARF.
Dad didn’t respond immediately. In his time, he answered calmly, “Well, Sarah, it’s like this. The old boat can’t get any sunker.”
Mom walked away fuming and muttering.
Which type of person are you? The “right now” kind or the “let’s wait and see” kind? There isn’t a right or wrong answer. We are who we are and we might as well stick a flower in our hat and celebrate.
Enjoy your day!