Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Carol Perkins: The perfect gift
Previous Column: Happy anniversary
By Carol Perkins
When the box arrived on our garage steps, Guy set it on the couch. "You expecting anything?"
I was expecting many things via UPS the week before Christmas, but nothing in a box that large. Often the box is larger than the product, so I was sure it was a set of Legos or a combination of many small items. Assuming it wasn't something I needed immediately, I walked by most of the day.
The phone rang a few hours later. "If you get a box don't open it," our son Jon said. "Does the box give away what is inside?" There was nothing on the box other than Amazon. We were now curious, but we could never have guessed.
Jon chose the perfect gift. It is stubborn, has a mind of its own, does not obey orders, and when it gets stuck refuses to back off.
I have come to think of it as an unruly child.
I issue orders, "Don't go in there. You've just been there. Turn around and come back!" It doesn't listen. That's when I manually pick it up and remove it from where it wants to be. "Stay in here where I can see you." Right back it goes from where I just removed it. Guy says, "I think it has to be a man." When I asked why, he said, "Most men don't take orders well."
I vowed it was a woman because it leaves nothing left unturned and refuses to surrender. To a fault, this thing is obsessed with space. Behind the curtains means nothing; she will forge right ahead. She pushes to get under a chair even though she is too big, often moving the chair to the side. Under the piano is impossible, but that doesn't keep her from trying. She would go down the basement stairs if we left the door open.
Guy only yells at her when she invades his office. "You go back to the den. You have no business in here." She swirled around his feet, ignoring his orders. Finally, when she finished her mission, she left, and he closed his door.
She only stops for two reasons: she is full or out of energy. She tells me when she is full. When her power is gone, she goes home.
The gift that keeps giving isn't a puppy, but I find myself saying the same things to it as I did to our late Fluffy. "Don't go in there!" Like Fluffy, our Roomba vacuum has a personality, but it doesn't bark or destroy carpets. I have learned to remove obstacles, turn her loose, and let her go! What a wonderful gift!
Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at email@example.com.
This story was posted on 2021-01-07 07:07:40
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
More articles from topic Carol Perkins:
Carol Perkins: Happy anniversary
Carol Perkins: Christmas 2020
Carol Perkins: A Santa Story
Carol Perkins: You don't know who is watching
Carol Perkins: Decorating for Christmas
Carol Perkins: A visit to Carol's Kitchen
Carol Perkins: Fall Driving Trip, Part 3
Carol Perkins: Fall Driving Trip, Part 2
Carol Perkins: Fall Driving Trip, Part 1
Carol Perkins: Splain and Countersplain
View even more articles in topic Carol Perkins
Bank of Columbia
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.