Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Lesson Learned?

I'd like to start this post by saying that I love my hubby. I could list a million things about him that I like. Tonight, however, I'm going to list one thing about him that drives me crazy. He's forgetful. I'm not talking once in a while forgetful. I'm talking ask him to take the garbage out and 30 seconds later he's standing in the kitchen scratching his head wondering why he's standing in the kitchen.

Sunday he threw his $150 tool box loaded with $200+ worth of tools and headed out to a friends house about 15 minutes from home to help him with his car. He told me when he left he'd be about 2 or 3 hours. Imagine my surprise when 30 minutes later I heard the truck pull into the driveway. He walked through the door and I asked what he had forgotten. Turns out he had forgotten to close the tailgate on the truck. He got to his friends house and realized this when the tailgate was already open for him and his tool box was missing. He had looked for it all the way back home and couldn't find it. He went back out and home again and couldn't find it. I drove out and home again so we could both look and we couldn't find it. I was sick to my stomach.

I called the town and state police and asked if anyone had turned in a tool box. No such luck. Monday he called the local radio swap program and let them know he had lost his box. They announced it for him twice. He called the paper and asked them to run an ad offering a reward for the person who had "found" it. It started yesterday. No luck.

Tonight his cell phone rang and I answered it. "Hello? Is this the person who lost the tool box?" Why yes, this is the person who lost the tool box. "I have it." Really? So I got my hubby to the phone and he got the dudes address. His wife found the tool box on the side of the road right at the top of our street and brought it home to her husband. So hubby drove the 20 minutes out to get his tool box. An hour later he returned with his tool box and all his tools. Less $40 for the reward.

I decided tonight that I needed to teach hubby a lesson. And we all know there's no better way to get the lesson to stick than doing something that really grabs the learnee's attention. Right?

The best part? He didn't notice it until he got out of the shower about an hour after I did it. I was hoping he wouldn't notice at all and someone at work would point it out to him tomorrow. Oh come on, you gotta admit it's a little funny.


Anonymous said...

kerry, you DIDN'T shave his head?! you are truly bad!!!!

Kat said...

And, if you did shave his head - how on earth did you do so without his knowing??? LOL -help, I am as lost as he is!!

Javajem said...

Too sweet!! I can't believe he didn't wake up!

Anonymous said...

Please tell me you didn't leave it like that???? At least do the entire head girl! That poor man! I hope he has a great sense of humor.......hahahahaha

sarah said...

That is so stinking funny. I cut my husband's hair too, but he always goes to look in the mirror and stairs at his head for like 20 minutes before he's satisfied with the cut. So no luck more me doing something like this!!

LynnH said...

I'm forgetful too. I don't like it, but that's how my brain works... whatever is in front of my nose is what I notice, so I've had to really work to find ways to function well as an adult. I'm self-employed (without a secretary) so it takes a lot of work for me to stay on top of the business.

Therefore, I choose to live in a small home and work alone unless I'm teaching (and there I'm in charge of the focus of the room). I do everything I can to keep distractions to a minimum. I check my calendar many times a day (my schedule changes literally every day). I could not function without my Palm device.

I spend a lot of time and energy working on focus, where others do it naturally.

I do get things done in the end because I am so determined. However, it's a constant struggle to remember things I just thought of a minute ago.

In spite of this, I get a lot done. Sometimes people ask me how I do it. I couldn't tell them if I knew, though not having kids or pets or plants keeps maintenance tasks down to a dull roar. Hubby was a bachelor till he was 36 so he doesn't need me to do his basic stuff (and he cooks several days a week.

Part of why I accomplish so much is that I work close to all the time and then eventually everything gets done. I don't get weekends like other people.

Your hubby can't help how his brain is wired. I say focus on those million things you like about him. He's just the way he is. And he's good, you said so yourself.

doggerham said...

Looks like you are a "Weeds" fan....

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