Posted by fallsfall on July 18, 2003, at 17:38:05
In reply to Re: Lonely and Confused » fallsfall, posted by Temmie on July 18, 2003, at 16:17:54
I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard. I did manage to survive 18 years in that house without know what the order was for the meat, vegetables, and potatoes. I think it was a type of rebellion. At their house my mother puts the food on the plates (and you eat how much she thinks you are hungry for - she dishes all of the food out, and you can't leave anything on your plate), so my mom has to know the order. When they visit my house we pass bowls around and everyone serves themselves - so my dad is the only one who needs to know the order.
Did you know there are right handed and left handed pieces of cake? This one I do, too. With a piece of cake on a plate the frosting covers two sides, the top and one of the sides. If you are right handed, then you want the unfrosted side on your right so your fork doesn't get all covered with frosting. Flip it over for a left handed person. I admit to teaching this one to my kids, too.
When I was probably 5 or 6 there were the weekly chicken lessons (we always had chicken on Sunday). He would explain the anatomy of the chicken to my sisters and me, and show us how if we disconnected the meat where it was attached to the bone that it would come off cleanly and we would not leave any meat behind. He tried the chicken lessons on my kids, but they weren't quite such a captive audience so they just think he's strange.
Does your dad look things up in the dictionary at the dinner table? I do admit to doing this, too, much to my children's chagrin. But we're talking about the word and what it means, so why not find out for sure. I do have to go to the next room to get my dictionary. My dad's is within arm's reach of his dining room chair. My kids report this as one of the shameful things that I do.
You know, you really would save a lot of time, effort and aggravation if you would put everything away the way he suggests, and use the proper hand for reaching, and just curl your index finger under when you pick that particular thing up. You also would save money and make things last longer. Because that is the way that the world is designed - don't you see that??
Backing into things with his car can certainly signal the start of problems. I can't imagine confronting my dad about not driving anymore. He drives too fast, but is otherwise relatively not dangerous. (Besides, if you didn't park your car where it was he wouldn't have backed into it. It was plain to see that he couldn't get out of his parking space - so why did you park there! Of course, a carpenter wouldn't be expected to understand these kinds of things, so that's why he parked in the wrong place.)
What was your dad's occupation? Mine was a Computer programmer (from the days when computers filled up a whole room) who started his own company.
Please do keep us updated on Paul and how many jobs you can juggle. Keep the faith.