A while back, a friend sent me a list of truths that most of us can see ourselves right there in the middle. I enjoy seeing that I am not the only one with opinions on almost everything even though I don’t always express them — especially political ones.
I’ve always liked reading sayings that I often think but rarely say or maybe I say too often. When I add my thoughts to these adult truths. I always get comments so guess I’m not the only one who likes to picture myself in someone else’s thoughts.
A few of the truths follow.
“I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if I should die.” I had an experience similar to that a few years before we depended on computers for so many things. I had a wonderful friend who kept boxes of poems clippings, snapshots and other information under her bed. She told me many times that as soon as I heard that she had passed, I was to go to her house and get all those boxes out because I was the only one who would understand.
I have told my family that if something happens to me now, I have a local friend they are to call to go through the files and books in my little home office. Most of it would mean nothing to my family, but she will know what’s good and what’s not and where to put my treasures and all my research that I don’t want to be tossed.
I think most of us have had the second truth happen to us — “Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when we realize we are wrong.”
The older I get the more times I take back all those times when I was a child and I gave my mother a hard time because I didn’t want to take a nap when I didn’t want to take a nap. My mother insisted that my sister and I nap in the afternoon when we were preschoolers. I don’t know whether it was for our sake or so she could doze for a few minutes herself. There were many times that I would have given a pretty penny for the opportunity to snooze and there are times now that I do take the opportunity to take a short snooze.
Every time I do laundry I say one of those adult truths, “How in the world are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?” I watched Martha Stewart demonstrate that little exercise in futility once, and still couldn’t do it. My fitted sheets never fit in the linen closet and look neat. I read in a magazine the other day that someone had solved the neatness problem. She said to fold or roll the fitted sheet as nearly as possible, then stash it in one of those wicker baskets that are so handy to hold stuff. Put it on a shelf in the linen closet and it does look pretty okay.
I also believe MapQuest, Garmin, Tom Tom and all those other travel helps need to start their directions away from home. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my own neighborhood and back home after I get back to Denison.
Having worked in a newspaper office for so many years and having written so many obituaries, I’ve always wondered one of the adult truths — “Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.” You know, they did include that information in the earlier days and to some extent in the 60s and 70s before everyone became so concerned about guarding their privacy. There was a time when we ran addresses with persons admitted to the hospital and addresses in obituaries. There was a time when we didn’t lock the doors to our houses or cars too. But not anymore. Too many people read the paper with criminal thoughts.
Speaking of newspapers, another truth is that “bad decisions make good stories.” How many stories do we read and think what might have been if a different decision had been made? How many lives could be saved if we made all good decisions? When I was still working, I frequently got a phone call from some lady or gentleman, usually an older person, who said heor she had won a big cash prize if money was sent to pay for expenses to get the winnings to them or for some other false reason. I always tried my best to discourage them from believing the caller and I hope none of them ever took the bait.
“You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.” It just happens much too early in the day for some of us. Once you retire, it’s not so critical, but when you are still working, it can be a real problem.
Here’s a truth that those of us who are getting a little older need to think about — “How many times is it appropriate to say ‘What?’ before we just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word that was said?”
Speaking of not hearing, the eyes also can play tricks on us. Did you ever look down at your watch three consecutive times and still not know what time is was? That’s why we wear those huge watches that look like alarm clocks strapped to our wrists.
Don’t you love to see an entire line of cars team up to prevent some jerk from cutting in at the front of a line approaching a highway construction area? This truth is especially true on the highway in construction areas when signs warning to merge either left or right are posted for miles and miles before the actual lane is closed. Don’t you love to stick close to the car in front of you so that the guy who evidently cannot read signs or has no respect for others cannot speed up at the very last minute and merge in front of you.
I love this one. “Even under ideal conditions, people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cellphone or pinning the tail on the donkey — but I’ll bet everyone can find and push the snooze button on the alarm clock from three feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.”
Those of us who spend a considerable amount of time on a computer will relate to this truth. “I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my 10-page article that I swear I did not make any changes to.” Even more frightening is to read an email and unconsciously hit the delete button on something that I needed to save or to respond to and it goes to someone other than the person it was meant for. I’ve done that too and it is scary.
It’s great to see that most of us think the same. I’m sure there are many adult truths that could be added to my list, but I’ve run out of room.
Donna Hunt is former editor of The Denison Herald. She lives in Denison and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.