This morning on our walk, Nancy and I were talking about that experience we've all had--the experience of getting TRAPPED by the person who completely monopolizes you for two. freaking. hours. and. you. can't. make. them. stop. talking. and. you. can't. escape. She'd had that experience at the library last night. I'd had it at work the night before. I got cornered by a customer who took me on an incredibly detailed guided tour of the thought processes she employs while parenting, even though there were other customers standing around, waiting for me to help them. I wanted to put my head in an oven.
Nancy said, "Here's what we need. We need skills that will help us get out of those situations . . . " At this point I thought she was going to say "like the ability to say sayonara, sucker." But she surprised me. Instead, Nancy said, "We need skills that will help us get out of those situations like the ones Jeannie had in I DREAM OF JEANNIE or those characters in STAR TREK who said BEAM ME ABOARD!"
And I was all YOU'RE RIGHT. So here's to acquiring a brand new skill set with a full complement of futuristic, magical (and also awesome) powers.
(Meanwhile, why do I always want to put MY head in the oven? Shouldn't I want to put the other person's head there instead?)