Hello, my friends!
My dear husband, Peter, from the day I married him, always had a project going. Weekends and even vacations have been spent building, remodeling, or repairing something. I could not possibly count the number of times he has been in the middle of one of these projects and has asked me if I could run to Lowe's or Home Depot or Harbor Freight for some tool, bit, piece or part. I used to HATE doing this because I NEVER got it right the first time. Until now. Whoever invented the cell phone with a camera...I love you! My iPhone is my best friend when I have been sent on Lowe's-Home Depot run. Now all I have to do is snap a picture, send it to Peter via text message: "Is this the ONE?" And then wait for the reply. It is a beautiful thing. However, it wasn't so easy in my younger years...not by a long shot. In fact, sometimes it could be down right traumatic...
I will never forget the very first time Peter sent me to Builder's Emporium for a part needed in a plumbing repair he was in the middle of and neither will the gentleman I ran into. I was probably all of eighteen or nineteen years old at the time and thrilled with prospect of helping my handsome, young husband. So off I went completely oblivious to the shocking discovery that was soon to be coming my way. Peter told me the part I was to get for him (although I can't remember what it was now) gave me a name and a detailed description...though obviously, as you will see, not quite detailed enough. I thought it would be a snap. The problem was when I got to the store, there were about 100 of these plumbing "thingamabobs" in little clear plastic bags hanging on the aisle. I had no idea which one to choose. So I stood there pondering until an older gentlemen finally had mercy on me and asked if he could help. I told him what I was looking for and He said, "male or female?" I was not expecting this at all. Obviously this guy did not hear me correctly, so I repeated the name of the part I needed. And he looked at me and said, "Right, male or female?" There was a moment of awkward silence................ I hadn't the foggiest idea what he was talking about, so I asked, "What sex are they usually?" As I look back on the scene, this guy was trying to keep his composure the best the could but finally all he could say was: "Honey, you need to go back to your husband, ask him if he needs a male or a female and have him explain it to you."
And so I did. When Peter explained to me that it was terminology to describe how something was threaded: on the inside "female" or the outside "male," believe me I was APPALLED at his explanation! Obviously a guy came up with that great idea. It took me years to be able to use the terms without being just a bit embarrassed. Why couldn't the terms be something different but just as accurately descriptive as, oh, maybe "innie" and "outie"? In later years, as I went to different marriage seminars, retreats or even read books on marriage, I heard over and over how often men think of sex...and I all I could say to myself was "No kidding!" It seems they reference it whenever they get a chance:)
For those of you who were looking for some spiritual value in this post...I am so sorry...there isn't a lick of it. Just a silly story that I hope brought a smile to your face:) Next week I'll do better, I promise!
Love to you all...