The Norman Transcript


January 29, 2014

Pay attention

NORMAN — Are you easily distracted yet feel compelled to multitask? Do minor mishaps tend to follow in your wake?

Perhaps if you force yourself to do one thing at a time and give said task your full attention, the mishaps might be few and far between. However, if you enjoy the constant drama of dealing with one problem after another, please ignore the suggestion.

Mind you, not all accidents are tragic. Usually, they are embarrassing.

Consider the episode of the chatty relative. Some people can talk and attend to simple tasks at the same time, but not always as this charming and funny lady discovered.

Since the occasion was a large family gathering at our home, we brought out the big coffee pot. This particular Cuisinart holds 12 cups in its reservoir and once the coffee is brewed, you place a cup under the spout and push down on the bar.

As with any gadget, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, center the cup under the spout. Second, when you push down on the bar, you must keep an eye on the cup and be prepared to stop pressing the bar when the cup is full.

Chatty was laughing and talking with Hubby as she put her cup in approximately the correct spot. As she pressed the bar, most of her attention was on Hubby and their conversation.

“Whaaaaa!” she exclaimed, jerking her hand back from the hot liquid as coffee spilled over the rim of the cup, flooding the counter and the floor.

Numerous paper towels gave up their lives to tidy up the aromatic mess that seemed to spread faster than the cleanup crew could handle. Chatty was mortified and apologetic, but my stomach clenched as I tried to contain the laughter bubbling up inside me.

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