Remember that “if a tree falls in the forest…” thing? Well, there are even more important questions. Albeit they are less arguable from the corners of physics, metaphysics and philosophy – which is good ‘cuz if I brought those into a post on a Monday, I’d be in trouble for sure. Let’s ponder.
The idea for this post comes from a comment that a friend of mine made when we were in high school. He had been charged with taking his little brother to church. The young boy asked why they couldn’t leave after communion, like so many others were doing. My friend said: “Jesus doesn’t take attendance until after the last hymn.”
In the church I grew up in, we always stayed for the last hymn. In the summer, if it was hot and humid, the minister might give us a break, “let’s sing verses one, two and four of hymn number one hundred and sixty-eight – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” “…God’s truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever!” We can go now.
So, about those other questions:
Does it count as having done the dishes if you didn’t wash the silverware? – I do this. We have a dishwasher, but we don’t use it very often. The Editor is a wash-as-you-cook kind of person, so by the time dinner is over, there isn’t much to put in the dishwasher. She doesn’t often leave dishes in the sink, but if she does, I might do them. On a rare day, I might do the silverware.
Taking the garbage out but not putting a new bag in the can. Does that count? It doesn’t really complete the cycle, I mean the can can’t be used until that new bag is in. I’m not sure what/who made me think of this.
Cutting the grass but not weed-whacking around the edges – I did this a lot this summer. It was so hot and humid that the grass never stopped growing. I think this is ok with pre-approval – “I’m going to cut the front, but I’m not going to weed-whack” – Wait for… “OK” – phew.
What would a list like this be without one from my childhood closet of memories? Have you finished dinner if your plate is empty but there’s still milk in your glass? No. Take my word for it, the answer is no.
And, for the current project – Have you finished the renovation if you’ve replaced the roof and siding but left the few bits of wooden trim unpainted? To look across our neighborhood, one would think the answer is yes. Painting those few remaining trim boards looms in my future. I could have replaced them all with PVC, but it’s expensive, time consuming and the wood seemed solid, so… yes, I have paint, dear.
A little closer to WordPress, does reading a blog post in your inbox but not visiting the site really count as having read the post? What about visiting but not ‘Liking’ the post? What about trying to like the post but having WordPress send you into we-don’t-know-you-ville? What about ‘Liking’ the post but not leaving a comment? Oh, this goes on and on, but you know that. Feel free to do whatever you like. I’m just glad you took the time to read.
I’ll leave you with the question plaguing man/womankind around the world today. If you didn’t take a selfie, were you really there?
So as to leave no doubt that I walked with Maddie and sat with Maddie this weekend, today’s gallery contains evidence of both activities. And, for you Maddie lovers, Facebook dug up a treasure I posted five years ago today. No selfies – you can thank me later.