My wife tried to blow some smoke by me today.
I was out in our garage messin' with one of my old cars when she came out.
She opens the door, steps in the garage and says to me, "You remember that really good job you did in putting up those shelves in the pantry?" I looked at her, paused a short moment and then started laughing. Then she started laughing.
When we both stopped laughing I ask her, "How long did it take you to think up that approach?" "Now lets see how can I say this to him without him huffin' and puffin' about some home repair job?" "OK, I got it." "Pay him a compliment, that'll do it." In answer to my question about how long did it take her to think that one up, "Oh, not long, I thought it might work."
What she was getting at she was wanting some more shelves put up and she was trying to introduce the thought of me doing such. You see I get shaky, nervous when the talk comes about regarding hammers, screwdrivers, drills and punching holes in walls, etc. The very thought of such work makes me get shaker than a dog about to walk into a vets office. You see I give home repairs, handyman doin's and fix it up a very bad reputation. Our ten year old grandson probably is more adept, skilled at doing things around the house like putting up shelves, etc. than I am.
But I did like her approach. "You remember that really good job you did?" I will give my wife credit, she did try to be creatively in asking. Hum...wonder where I last laid my hammer.
Nope haven't started on that job. It will take me some time to build up the courage. And how long is it they say that one can live on a compliment?
You know sometimes how one is approached can have quite an influence on the outcome of a matter.
July 8, 2017