Yesterday at lunch one of my colleagues was bemoaning the fact that our principal hadn’t approved her request for a personal day yet. There was a time element at hand that concerned her. “You don’t have to wait for her approval,” I said. “Personal days can’t be denied. Just make your plans.”
“Really?” my colleague asked.
“Yup, don’t worry about it. Just say, “Suzanne said…” if anyone questions you.”
We all laughed. But then I explained that I am usually right. “It’s not that I know everything, because I don’t, but when I know something I am right about it!” We all pondered this concept for a bit. Then I told them one of my stories:
Our family traveled to the Grand Canyon when the kids were young. While there, we were discussing what time to get up so we could see the sunrise. I said aloud that it would probably be different if we were sleeping in the canyon than on top. My husband joked, “Why, because it’s a big pit?”
“Well, yes,” I said. Everyone laughed. They thought I was crazy. Well I wasn’t. I was right. We proved that when my son found the evidence on a sign that provided sunrise and sunset times both on the rim and in the canyon.
And so it began. I would prove over and over that, though at times dubious sounding, I was usually right. But still my family would often doubt me.
“There she goes again with her fuzzy science!” Then I would be proven right and I would just look at them and say, “Come on, just say it…”
“You were right,” the glum response.
I knew I was right of course because I only say things when I know what I’m talking about. Or when I’ve thought them through (like the sunrise at the Grand Canyon.)
After school that same day I had to stop at Walgreens. While waiting I overheard the young man behind the counter worrying because he had gotten his ring stuck on his finger. “Go run it under cold water,” I said. He looked at me questioningly and I explained why.
“But how will it help get it over my knuckle?” (He was obviously doubting me.)
“Use a little soap too, it will help it slip off. But close the drain if you can, just in case!” Then he disappeared.
Right before I paid for my purchase (I had been there a while because I was waiting for photos) he came dashing up from behind me. “Whoever that woman was that told me how to get my ring off was a genius!” he said. “It worked!”
“That was me!” I said, laughing inside my head. Of course it worked I thought, because…
“Come on, just say it!” I was right!
By the way, today, March 16 is “National Everything You Do Is Right Day”. Pretty coincidental, right?