I was shopping for cat food at a pet store the other day when nature notified me that the coffee I drank that morning was ready to leave my body. Leaving my cart with its contents in the aisle, I headed off to the restroom.
My wife was shopping at a crafts store across the shopping center. She'd walk over and join me when she was finished. I expected her to be there by the time I left the restroom and hurried back to the cart. As I passed the center aisle, I saw her up by the front door. It looked like she was just arriving, which pleased me. Hurrying back to where I'd left my cart, I drew up with surprise.
The cart was gone.
It wasn't in the next aisle or the next. I did find it, with everything in it, in several aisles over.
I thought that maybe someone had taken my cart by accident. Then, realizing their mistake, they'd simply walked away. But more possibly but improbably, my wife had moved it, improbable because she's not a joker.
She found me. Studying her, I asked, "Did you move my cart?"
She laughed. "Got you."
I was impressed. I love laughing, and I laugh at things that many consider too silly or too serious to be funny. My wife wasn't a fan of the many puns and jokes that I make so for her to play a joke on me astonished me.
She wasn't done. I was in the office the next evening, finishing a late day work call. As the call ended, my wife called, "M, how do you get a raccoon out of the house."
It was an odd question, no odd phrasing. Naturally, I hurried out to see what was going on. I had the back door and windows open, cooling the house off after a hot day. She was standing in the juncture between the great room and the kitchen, staring into the living area.
"There's a raccoon in the house?" I asked, moving forward and looking. "Where? I don't see it."
"It just went down the hall to the bedroom."
I headed down the hall. We'd had raccoons in the house before so I was quite ready to deal with it. Entering the bedroom, I scanned the room. "I don't see it."
"Ha, ha, got you," she called from behind me with a laugh.
She did. Oh, that joker.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com