Posted on Monday, January 21, 2013
Filed Under Theme of the Week
My dad was always trying to make people laugh, often with corny jokes and bad puns. His standard farewell when departing a social gathering was always, “We’ll see you in the spring if we get through the mattress.” Ba-dump, bump!
He often proclaimed that he was on a “see food” diet. Reaching for whatever food was in sight, he would explain simply, “Whenever I see food, I eat it!” Ba-dump, bump! Always there would be the slight pause and the nascent grin as he waited — and hoped — that you would get the pun.
My dad passed away this past summer and, much to my chagrin, passed on both of these tendencies in spades. I love a good pun — the more obscure the better.
And I also share his woeful lack of impulse control. I am tripped up by ‘see food’ impulses and can fritter away precious hours on ‘see-email,’ ‘see-Twitter,’ and ‘see-shiny-objects’ distractions. “Squirrel!”
The theme for this week is Impulse Control. I shall aim the emerging habit at food impulses mostly, but will not be disappointed if focus emerges in other areas as well.