From The Storyteller
Hello All: This is a story of life, a piece of furniture and a life changing event. Enjoy, Doug
”If you buy a new smartphone, don’t get rid of the old one until you know how to use the new one,” me to a young woman, after she helped me turn off the flashlight app on my new phone. She smiles and gives me that understanding look reserved for us old guys dealing with the “new” stuff.
Her smile caused me to remember the first person who told me they cancelled their “land line” and had gone “strictly cell”. It was years ago, and my thought at the time was, “Not me.” Well Sometimes “not me” changes. Rarely overnight, but over time, even we slow learners can be brought into the 21st century.
Recently Elaine and I became strictly cell phone people. Which brings me to why I’m beginning to feel okay with being clueless in a world that is constantly filled with “new and improved”. I think of it as an attitude adjustment that lowered my frustrated level from roughly 8 out of 10 to more like 3 out of 10. The day of my final “I give up, it’s okay” event began with an easy-to-assemble IKEA product.
Having built houses and worked on our sailboat, putting together a piece of furniture was a no-brainer. Which brings me to a place where I can announce that, because of that morning, I have finally dealt with two of my life’s greater speed bumps. First, I no longer believe it is a complete waste of time to read the instructions before attempting to assemble something from IKEA. Second, it’s not a mortal sin for an adult male to ask for help.
Moral: Simply living in our ever-changing world will impact us in ways we never thought possible.