This really happened at around 2:00 a.m. the other night. (Hubby is an insomniac and comes to bed around 2:00 a.m. when I have been sleeping peacefully for about four hours. He is Not Quiet so I wake up. Usually I go right back to sleep. Except when he wants to discuss philosophy, the history of the world, politics, or science with me.)
Hubby: I learned something that I had previously had wrong today.
Me: (This space is intentionally blank.)
Hubby: I had always thought that the moon waxes and wanes the opposite of what it does in relation to low and high tide.
Hubby: Y'know? I always thought that when the moon waxes it was low tide and when the moon wanes it was high tide. But, really it's just the opposite.
Hubby: Babe? Did you know that? Were you confused, too?
There's more. Much more. But, I won't put it in the post because I think you get the idea. In case you are slow, let me lay it out for you.
1. I did not even know that the moon waxed and waned in relation to low and high tide. I was on the "A" honor roll for I think my entire life, but I have a short-to-no-term memory. So, although hubby claims I should have learned all this in school (elementary school), I don't remember any of it.
2. I like to sleep. A lot. Next to breathing, sleeping is my favorite thing to do. When I fill out any kind of application and they ask for hobbies, I put "sleeping." It follows that I do not like my sleep interrupted by things I do not know and do not care about (at 2:00 a.m.).
3. I think expecting me to have an intelligent conversation (involving science, politics, history, or philosophy) at any time is slim to none. At 2:00 a.m., it's like getting Girl 3 to eat spinach. As I am sure hubby will tell you - I know pitifully little about these subjects. He often says to me - in *kind of* a condescending tone, "And you have a master's degree?" So, really. I just can't do it or I might throw up.
Fast forward to the following day. We were outside eating breakfast and hubby had made this roaring fire.
Me: This is a great fire.
Me: Someday I need to learn to make a fire like this. But, with like flint and sticks like you did. Not kerosene and a match. Because someday I might not have kerosene. Or a match.
Hubby: Mm-hmm. You probably should learn that.
Me: In fact, don't die because then I won't be able to have any fires like this. And, by the way, how did you get that camp lantern to work again?
Hubby: Oh, it just needed blah, blah, blah (when he speaks to me about stuff like that it sounds just like Charlie Brown's mom.....if she were also Chinese). You just need to blah, blah, blah and then you can insert the blah, blah, blah into the blah. It's pretty easy.
Me: Well, don't die because I won't be able to get the lantern to work either. Y'know there's so many things I won't be able to do if you die. I think I'll take a pen and paper to the hospital when you are dying and I'll make a How To list really quick. And then you can tell me everything I need to know before you die. In fact, that's a good idea. I probably need to start writing down all the sh*t I can't do and don't know now so I can be prepared to take the list to the hospital.
Hubby: You could just do it now.
Me: What? The list?
Hubby: No. You could just learn to do all the stuff now. Like before I die. So, you'd know how? And you'd know stuff?
Me: Like now? I don't have time to learn all that stuff now! I barely have time to make the list! What are you, crazy?
We continued for a little while longer and then (after a lot of sighing at me) hubby got up abruptly to get more coffee (I think he even said something like, "I'm gonna need more coffee." Rude!).
But, these two conversations shocked me into thinking I really don't know enough! Hubby has been covering my a$$ in the political, historical, scientific, philosophical realm for far too long! And I love my idea about the How To list. So, I've decided to start my list. Here's what I have so far:
How To Letter (or just How Letter or just Can You Please Tell Me This Sh*t Letter) to Hubby on His Death Bed
1. How do you make a fire? And a wheel?
2. How do you put those little white flammable thingies into the camp lantern to make light? Those white thingies make the light, right?
3. How does the moon change in relation to the tide (because now, frankly, I am intrigued)?
4. How does photosynthesis work again (that ones mostly for when Girl 3 asks because I am pretty sure last time it came up all the other kids explained it to me)?
5. Who shot Lincoln again? And why?
6. Why are we here?
7. Where do we have all the other money? Like the money I can never spend? There is other money, right? RIGHT?
8. Who was Genghis Khan again?
9. What's a Libertarian exactly?
10. How does the Yukon engine work and why do I need to know this?
I know it's not nearly as comprehensive as it needs to be, but I'll keep working on it and I figure when hubby's on his death bed ready to kick out it will give him a little something to hang on for. Y'know?