The Norman Transcript


January 29, 2014

Pay attention



Then chatty relative number 2 decided to move the crystal candy jar out of the children’s reach. She put it on top of the refrigerator, but did not notice the ledge. The jar tipped and shattered on the floor. Her shocked expression was priceless.

But there was no containing my merriment the other morning when Hubby had his inattentive encounter with the Keurig coffeemaker.

We were discussing the political ramifications of stockpiled navel lint or something equally earth shattering when he positioned his cup under the spout and pressed down on the lever. Then he looked at me and winced.

“I don’t think I changed out the coffee module.”

“You’ll know by the color of the coffee.”

He leaned over and looked at the contents of the cup. “It’s very pale.”

Then the dam burst. The coffee-fall spilled out of the cup and onto the counter. It seems he still had coffee in his cup when he attempted the refill.

“Hurry! Get something to wipe this up before the coffee flows on the floor,” he said, trying to stem the spreading flow with his bare hands.

She laughed and grabbed several dish rags and began the mop up job. No use getting upset about the mess, besides coffee smells good. Their laughter filled the kitchen. Boisterous laughter is a great way to start the day.

In spite of the funny consequences, one should pay attention to the task at hand, but sometimes focusing too hard can be a problem as well.

My friend “zones” while driving. So much so, that if the radio suddenly airs a loud commercial, she jumps. Sometimes her startled reaction results in near misses, barely avoiding accidents.

The same is true at work. The computer becomes the main focus of her attention. If someone walks by and greets her, she screams and levitates above her chair thereby frightening the greeter. After one such experience, a co-worker always tiptoed past her desk in silence.

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