“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Mystery #7,556A
Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Caregivers: You know how everyone in your house has a habit of shedding things that they know you will pick up: sweaters on chairs, shoes in the middle of the floor, a half-filled coffee cup on a closet shelf. ("Oh, so THAT'S where I set it! I was looking all over for that.")

Inexplicably, frequently, my wife leaves full glasses of water lying around the house ... not half-empty glasses, but FULL. Sometimes she will fill three glasses in one morning, from the time she wakes up to the time she leaves for work. One in the kitchen, sometimes two. One in her bathroom. One in the bedroom, maybe. I'm not sure why, and when I ask her she gets all testy and denial-ly about it.

Maybe she's very thirsty but easily distracted. She does have a huge job, in charge of all of Gannett's newspapers in the southeastern United States...most of them in the (ugh!) hurricane belt. I'd be distracted, too. The job is immense.

Maybe it's a past-life thing. I've always had this hunch that the fears and attractions we have in this life are created in previous lives. Maybe she died of dehydration in a desert somewhere and finds comfort in surrounding herself with FULL GLASSES OF WATER. (I've also always thought that a lot of overweight people with never-ending appetites died from starvation in a previous life. I mean, it makes sense when you realize that half the world is undernourished.)

Maybe she was a fish in a previous life and still feels out of place on terra firma. Hmmmm, she DOES like going to the beach. And she did get very upset whenever a fish died during our aquarium phase. ("You're just going to FLUSH him down the toilet?!")

Is she trying to attract fairies? You know, leave them a nice little drink of water? ("Oh, hey, come on ... be my fairy. You'll never go thirsty -- I promise!")

It's a mystery. Mystery #7,556A, to be precise.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You (and fam) really need to watch "Signs" with Mel Gibson. A Sci-Fi Thriller with crop circles -- and glasses of water.

September 4, 2008 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

See, I KNEW there was a justification for my behavior. Thanks, Leah.

September 4, 2008 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Haley, Carol's daughter, guesses that Carol fills all those glasses of water because she knows she's supposed to drink it, but she doesn't like it....so they get left behind.

September 5, 2008 at 6:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um. . . funny-my husband says the same thing about me. At least I don't leave gum on the edge of the glass like my mom! I tend to think of it more like "the water glasses are procreating" or something.

September 6, 2008 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger geeky Heather said...

What's #7,556B??

September 29, 2008 at 6:26 PM  

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