Tell the Truth

Look me in the eye and tell me you accomplished a lot yesterday.

That’s what this guy is saying.

Try telling me you bought gifts, he says…

Or finished the holiday card…

Or finally got done trimming the tree.

Guys like him are always talking like this, always acting so superior, just because THEY may have spent the whole day gathering nuts.


I didn’t spend the day shopping OR trimming OR addressing the envelopes for that holiday card, though all of those tasks go unfinished.

Instead I laundered 8 sets of curtains, washed the windows they belong to, sewed a slip cover for a chair everyone else in the family is happy to bring to the Free Stuff table at the dump and ate a pint of ice cream.

It’s a stressful time of year.

And sometimes, sometimes the only way to throw up a barricade against that stress is to work on something – anything – in no way related to the tasks you’re supposed to be working on.

Human nature, what can we say?