A few days of sunshine and I suddenly find myself doing silly things like jumping rope and leaving unsigned notes on the front seat of my husband’s Jeep.
I searched the kitchen for my dog’s leash and an image of my husband filtered through my mind. He was working on a house in our town and I knew the road. Without much thought I snatched a piece of loose-leaf paper, scribbled a little message, folded up the paper, and added it to the growing pile of junk in my pocket.
I grabbed the dog, took a deep breath, and headed out for a walk.
That sounds simple, but in reality it’s kinda like one of those cartoons where you see the leashed dog running wildly down the road with a harried woman floating in the air a few feet behind, terrified to release the leash. I am that woman.
As soon as I rounded the corner onto the street where my husband was working, I noticed his vehicle. Stealthily I opened the driver’s side front door and lay the note out on the seat.
Slamming the creaking door, we took off at a run.
We’ve been married for fifteen years and I’ve left him thousands of notes. They usually have words like “pick up milk”, “please stop for bread on your way home,” and “don’t forget the kitchen pipe burst and flooded the first floor.”
But still, he should recognize the handwriting. Shouldn’t he?
When he got to the last line, he began having heart palpitations.
Self-consciously he looked over his shoulder, up and down the street, and panicked. He said he felt like Joseph working in Potipher’s house and thought, “I’d better tell Tricia before she kills me.”
He’s so easy to fool!
My recommendation for you this week… is to leave a note in his car to read when he’s on the way to work, the gym or to run a few household errands.
Leave your husband an unsigned note and make sure he doesn’t recognize your handwriting. He’ll get a kick out of it and you may get some fringe benefits.
Thank me later.
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