“I believe I can see the future
Because I repeat the same routine
I think I used to have a purpose
Then again, that might have been a dream”
~9 inch nails.
I like most people have some expectations about coming home from work. I expect that the house will look the same as it did when I left that morning. It is not like I am looking for deviations, or inspecting the house upon my return. This is just the way our minds seem to work. I didn’t always have this expectation, just since the kids have moved out. For the last few years the house has always looked the same as when I left it in the morning. This is kind of comforting, and reassuring. I found out yesterday that it is easy to be lulled into a sense of security. I also found out the true meaning of double take.
As I went through my normal routine upon returning home from work, I actually did a double take when I walked past our bedroom. For some reason the image I saw just didn’t seem to register in my mind for a moment.
Here is what I saw:
Yes, it is a giant Homer Simpson super hero in my bed. Worse it’s on my side of the bed, neatly tucked in under a blanket. Our cat Ursula doesn’t seem to mind, in fact she gives me a ‘wtf are you looking’ at look. It has taken Ursula 15 years to master that look.
Then I remembered that my wife left some mail out for my son to pick up. He was going to come by and pick up his mail this morning. I guess he felt like leaving us a little gift.
The story goes that he won the giant Super Homer at a fair in Greeley and didn’t know what to do with it. Now we are stuck with it.
Fair warning: We have room to save things for a very long time… Re-gifting is always an option.