I was working with Harry one February morning; he was showing me how to build a canoe. Fascinating! About an hour or so into the project, my “Life Support Device,” (my cell phone), rang. I didn’t recognize the number, and debated whether or not to take the call. “Oh hell,” I thought to myself as I finally answered it.
“Hello, Bob?” came the reply, “this is Jon Welker.” Jon was the guy who sold my Honda CRV to me.
“Okay,” I responded, “what can I do for you?”
“Oh, I just called to wish Cheryl a happy birthday!” YGBSM!
Cheryl and I had been divorced that prior September. “Damn Jon, really?” I thought to myself. But I didn’t want to be nasty so I replied, “Oh Jon, I don’t suppose you heard, she died.”
It got real quiet, real fast. Then he came back with, “Oh Bob, I am so sorry.”
“Yeah, it’s been kinda rough, but I’m getting through it…”
By now, Welker wanted off the phone! So after listening to his heartfelt condolences for a little bit, I let him “off the hook.”
When I turned around Harry was staring at me. “You are really an asshole!” he remarked, and then we both laughed about it!
A couple-3 weeks later we were riding over to Amish country to get some wood and Amish groceries. Our drive took us by the hospital where my former wife works. As we approached the hospital, I took off my cap and placed it over my heart. Harry looked at me as if I were ‘nuts.’
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“Well, it the least I can do to show respect for my ‘dead’ former wife,” I replied.
Harry thought about it for a moment, then he got it – and about wrecked his truck with laughter! We laughed about that one for the better part of a couple hours!
I don’t know why, or how these things come to me – they just do. But, in this case, it wasn’t all bad – Jon didn’t bother me this past February!