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John Bressler - God sure knew what He was doing when He brought us together

John Bressler - God sure knew what He was doing when He brought us together

John Bressler - God sure knew what He was doing when He brought us together

John Bressler

       "Summertime, and the livin' is easy," so goes the old song from Porgy and Bess. When June rolls around, I look forward to warm days and cool nights. By the time July is underway, I yearn for November. What can I say? I am fickle.
        It is around this time when Julie gets that urge to have something for me to do. My wonderful wife always is doing something. I like that because the busier she is, the less possibility she has of noticing what I am or am not doing.
        Julie looks at me and tells me that I am the most gifted husband imaginable and can do anything and everything.  While I love the attention and the compliment, I really don't want to be that gifted and capable. When she walks through the house with a yellow pad in hand, I get cold chills because I know what's coming.
       It all started while I was taking a well-deserved nap. I take a well-deserved nap most every afternoon because a man needs to be well-rested for the Atlanta Braves' game, a great movie like "Aliens", "Jaws", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", or "Horsing Around at the Old Corral". These are classics!
       Anyway, Julie said that before any nap, l should come out and help in the yard. I figured she wanted me to start the mower and put it on silent running so it wouldn't disturb my beauty rest while she cut the lawn. I am a very helpful husband. This was not what she had in mind. I was to help cut any old and dead branches off the trees, trim the azaleas and other unnamed growth, and tote the stuff down to the neighbor's ditch. My clever words that God will let the branches fall off in good time fell on deaf ears.
       After dumping the wheel barrow - and since I already smelled rather gamey - why not pull out all those prickly vines, colorfully named Cherokee Rose, while I was at it? Since Julie had surprised me with a neat Father's Day gift of new prickly vine removing gloves, how could I refuse? Besides, the scars from the prickly vines would cover most of the marks left by the Wand of Wisdom.
       The next morning, Julie called me. "Would you look at this? Can you believe it?"
       After cleaning out all the dead wood and the sticker stuff, there was a fairly large opening exposed and we could see the neighbor's back yard.
       Okay, but where is all this going? Well, it's going to Lowes to buy some wood to build a fence so we can't see the neighbors and they can't see us. Since I don't look at the neighbors, I made the mistake of saying, "So?"
       "So? So? I don't want the neighbors to look into the sun room windows and see you walking around in your underwear, that's why so!"
       I casually mentioned that I could go without - in an amusing chuckle - but lost consciousness shortly after. My logic that the opening would fill in with new growth by next year was not well accepted. I simply cannot understand this. I received an A in logic at Marshall. My final paper, "Why is West Virginia east of Ohio?," is still talked about in academic circles.
       Anyway, Julie is painting both sides of the fence for some reason and I am scheduled to put in the posts, set in concrete and nail the panels to the posts by Thursday. I am praying that we will get rain for the next two weeks, but thanks to the weather, it doesn't look good.
       What scares me is that our local library has the audacity to shelve tons of do-it-yourself books and Julie has been checking these things out by the box. This afternoon, I began to look through the pile she brought home and am feeling a tad under the weather. Here are some titles:" Sure, You Can Build Your Own Swimming Pool," "Gazebos for the Handy Man," Improve Your Sewer System," "Even the Simple Can Tile the Driveway," "Men Enjoy Projects" and "No Man Ever Died Because He Missed His Nap." I must talk to the librarian very soon.
       Listen, I love being home with Julie every minute of the day and I know she loves keeping an eye on me.
Every time I see her, I think of Adam when he first saw Eve and said, "Here is the one who completes me!" God sure knew what He was doing when He brought us together.
        I just wonder what Julie will think of next.


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