One of the things that attracted me to my husband when I met him was the fact that he knew so much about everything. Nothing surprised him and he could anticipate almost anything that would happen.
Now, 17 years later, it is the number one thing that drives me so fucking crazy about him.
Ill call him with gossip: he will say ” I could have guessed that would happen;” I’ll call him with news hot off the presses; his response- “that doesn’t surprise me”; I’ll ask him a trivia or fact-based question and he will circle around the answer for what seems like hours until i finally have to scream at him : “Just face it! You don’t know the answer! You have no idea.”
This past week I was laying on my back as some lady tried to smooth out the cellulite on my thighs with electrodes (don’t ask. I bought it on Groupon) and the lady asked me what I did for a living. When I told her, she said “How does a person make money running a nonprofit?” And my answer to the electrode rubbing gal: “That’s a very good question. I don’t know.”
There are sooo many things I don’t know and I’m not ashamed to tell that to people. I think it’s a lot more honest than making up some bullshit answer so that you sound smart.
Here’s some things I don’t know:
I don’t know why broccoli smells so bad, especially the next day. I don’t know why everyone is so angry in their cars. Why are we all raising our hands up in the air at each other with mean faces? What are we all doing wrong? I don’t know why bikers have to ride on the road with us when there are sidewalks right there. What are they trying to prove?
I don’t know why people say they are cooking more as a way to save money. It costs me 45$ to make a home cooked meal that I could just as easily get at a drive through for $10 in half the time that it takes to make it and it will taste just as good. I don’t know why people don’t RSVP to parties. We don’t care if its a yes or a no.. Just do it so we can order the food! What are you waiting for?
I don’t know why I leave a thought-out. fact filled message for someone on their cell, and then they call me back with the words ,”Hey, saw you called. Didn’t listen to your message. What’s up?”
I don’t know why Lauren’s school has a week dedicated to drug awareness where they have them wear wacky hats and socks and outfits to show everyone how wrong it is to be on drugs. Today they had to wear mustaches to make that point. So, I don’t understand several things: are they saying if you have a mustache then you are crazy? Or, are they saying that mustache wearing people do drugs? I think the mustache wearing people of America should be offended in this scenario.
So, while I continue to try to navigate this crazy world we live in, I issue you a challenge. When confronted with something you don’t understand, ask the questions you need to find out. And if you don’t know a question posed to you, just admit you don’t know.
We don’t have to know everything. That’s why we are still here. To keep on learning. I’m going to read this to Craig now, but he’ll probably tell me that he already heard this somewhere.