I was out weeding on top of the Quarry Hill when Carl came home from work. Here he comes to make an inspection of what we should be working on (everything) and when we should be doing it (now) and how important it is (very).
|Here comes the Boss.|
So for our entire marriage, whenever something breaks down (including me) or the kids had a dilemma or I had another 'Bright Idea' I would immediately say, "Go ask the boss." He isn't a blunt tyrant, not like Simon whatshisname on that talent show. Carl's fair and just and has the answers, everything you would want your boss to be. And he's open to negotiation and other points of view and he's very reasonable.
What follows is our conversation while I weeded and the Boss patrolled the Quarry pond garden:
"There's a weird weed growing in the pond," (oh, goody) "and there's weeds along the shore (of course) and the rock work is in need of some leveling." (yup)
"And there are a bazillion and two mosquitoes!" (Oh, I know, scratch, scratch).
"When did the waterlilies close up?" (They do every night about now)
"Do they need to be deadheaded?" (Not without a canoe.)
"Dig it out.""Do you see how big this is?"
"Yup.""Didn't we try to dig it out last year?"
"We were apparently unsuccessful.""It's twice as big now!"
"Yes, it is.""Why did we plant it?"
"It was a dried-up gift plant from someone and I felt sorry for it and put it in the water to rehydrate six years ago." (One measly division!)
"Somebody GAVE this to us??"
"Yes, the gift that keeps on giving."
"I'm going to remove the seedpods before they ripen."
"Excellent idea.""Do you know we have a lot of work to do?"
"Yes, I do."
"The mosquitoes are awful."
"Yes, they are."
"Let's go in, the work will be here tomorrow."
"Yes, it will."
Carl must have picked up on my dejected trudging and said, "Well, don't worry so much, we're a team, we'll get it all done."
Awww......he said the WE word, I love that word! I gave my boss a big hug.
And.... well, ok, Confession Time: (Please keep this confidential.)
I'm having an affair with my Boss.
I hear this sort of thing is usually discouraged at work, but I've been Vice-Boss for 32 (almost 33 years) and so far, it's been working out.
And we'll get the work done someday.
We're a pair, er, I mean a Team.
You heard the Boss.