Imperfections

Happy Wednesday! Two days until the weekend. 🙂

And post a shiny new episode of New Amsterdam. Still can’t decide which storyline I loved the most. Still maintain Margot Bingham has a beautiful singing voice. I need the Budding Scientists to hire her for lessons as a present.

So, I said I’d talk about imperfections — mine specifically. From the list I’ve created, some are quirks or imperfections but others may not seem like imperfections. It may just all be in my perception.

As Maria Shriver said in her book I’ve Been Thinking . . . “We’re supposed to be imperfect.” I agree.

Zee Partial List of Abbi’s Imperfections 
(A full list would take several posts.)

— I do the oddest things with the best of intentions, and it usually creates laughs at my expense. I don’t mind it so much because I generally end up laughing too.

Example: A few years ago I came home from work to find something presumably dead in the bushes in front of my house. Little furry legs were sticking up and I was more than upset. I tried calling a friend who was a veterinarian but no luck. Animal control wouldn’t come out. Apparently, if it’s on private property, it’s not an animal control issue. My neighbor was kind enough to investigate. He was delighted to discover the huge stuffed, plush St. Bernard his daughter had lost during the wind storm earlier that day.

I was happy too, but it took a long time for that story to fade away. And I truly wish this one was all perception.

— I can have a hard time accepting defeat. It all depends on the situation.

— I’m not a big shopper. The only exception right now is groceries.

— Wearing make-up isn’t an everyday thing for me.

— I apologize too much. My friends are trying to break the habit. I’m going to be buying so much alcohol for them when golf league starts in the Spring. And since I’ll be the only sober person on the team, I just might have a chance of winning a round or two.

— More than one physician has deemed me to be too ‘chipper’ in the morning. It really depends on the day and there’s not much I can do about it.

— Sometimes I can take things too seriously. Especially when it comes to work or writing. Like this blog post. Or Instagram. I grew up understanding there were boundaries. Social media doesn’t seem to adhere to boundaries. I’m not a fan of unsolicited DMs. I block them as my author friends have advised but the blocking comes with a little sense of guilt for doing it. Silly, I know.

— Sometimes people will get annoyed with me because I frequently ask why. I’m curious. Other times, I don’t want to do something without knowing the rationale behind it.

— I am a horrible dancer on my own. With a little guidance, I do much better.

— I learned to drive in a Dodge Dart and had to sit on phone books to see over the steering wheel. I am extremely grateful to the auto industry for creating seats that raise manually or electronically. Imperfection: I’m 5′, 2″.

— I’m told I put too much sugar in my tea. I maintain it’s one of the few vices I have. I don’t smoke. I don’t drink a lot. As long as my A1C stays normal, I’m adding sugar.

— I rarely get angry. And I know others don’t understand that about me. I believe anger only compiles the problem. About 6 years ago, I was in a situation where the only choice I had was how I was going to respond. I couldn’t change what was going to happen. I chose what Professor X would call ‘the better path.’ (Days of Future Past) I took the time to get out all the emotions I needed to in private, then moved forward.

Many didn’t agree with me but I honestly don’t think I could’ve lived with myself if I took a different path. And no one has seemed to suffer from my choice. I hope I’ve set an example for the Budding Scientists if they ever face difficult decisions. If choosing an option other than anger is an imperfection on my part, I’ll live with it.

My next post won’t be until the weekend. 3-4 days between posts seems to be the happy medium for me.

And with that, I’ll end with a belated President’s Day quote from a former President who spent most of his childhood very close to my childhood home.

Embrace Hope.
Abbi 🙂

There are no easy answers but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what is morally right.

Former President Ronald Reagan

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