This July I celebrated two Independence Days; one for the USA and the other for me.
Yesterday I realized that you just can’t please everybody – no matter what you do. Now you’re thinking, “But Frances everybody knows that.” Well, I was just hoping to be that one magical person who could please all the people all the time. And after over four decades of breaking my back trying – I am officially done.
It was late afternoon when the epiphany took place. The 90 plus degree temperatures had rendered the AC just about useless. I was trying to trying to clean up a fast moving spill, and salty sweat was getting in my eyes. The telephone rang. The Caller ID indicated it was someone who wants a big favor. But here’s the thing; they want my time and personal property for use completely on their terms. I answered with; Call you back in two minutes.
The spill cleared, I applied a cold cloth to my face, took a deep breathe and dialed. They immediately launched into their speil, and I listened patiently – as always. Seems they were anxious to get going on this, and wondered what all the delay was about. Uh, I have a life don’t I? I quietly wondered to myself.
Again in case you missed any of the above; they need my time and personal property for use as a favor.
So I’m sitting there hot, sweaty and wondering what the hell I called back for. Then suddenly all I could hear were certain words: I need, I want, you should. After a few seconds all I could hear was the word I over and over again like a whiny mantra.
And the I became faster, louder and my head began to pound. A pulsating bright green I appeared on my mind’s screen. It began to get larger and louder filling my skull.
STOP! my inner scream was so loud and long that the giant I simply shrank and crawled away.
A split second later my own physical voice told the party at the other end that my free time was pretty much tied up for a while. I mentioned a mutual acquaintance who might be able to help.
Their answer: But they’re going to want money.
My answer? Really? Well how about that. Gotta go. We’ll talk – soon.
Till later my dears