THE RIVERBANK — We've all had days like these. The moments when logic and action never cross paths.
The days when maximum effort results in minimal production. Those days can be rough.
A great example of this happened to my friend Ronny in college. Ronny's brother and sister were over to his and his wife's apartment for dinner one night. He worked that day and ended up coming home late, flustered as explained the reason for his tardiness.
Ronny said he worked at a job site a couple of hours away. About halfway home, he stopped for gas and a bathroom break. He wore coveralls and took those off and threw them in the trunk and shut it — but his keys were in the pocket. He was frustrated and angry with himself as he sat in the driver's seat and called someone to come pick him up.
When his ride arrived, Ronny thought that he would lock the doors to his vehicle before hitching his ride home just to be safe.
When he came into the apartment with dinner smelling delightful, he hurried to grab his spare keys, quickly explained the story and was about to head back out the door to get yet another ride back to his car about an hour away. As he reached the door, his sister contemplated for just a moment and then had this short, yet painful conversation with her older brother:
Sister: "So, you were sitting in the car waiting for the ride?"
Ronny: "Yeah. Where did you want me to sit? The parking lot pavement?"
Sister: "No. But if you were in the car, why didn't you just pull the trunk release lever by the steering wheel?
Ronny: "I'll be back."
Ronny then left to get the car with his spare keys and we didn't speak of it again for some time.
So often the solution is right in front of our face and so simple, yet our own cleverness or frustration gets in the way. That's what seems to happen in this short, yet incredible video.
A man has lost his flip-flop in the water. He's trying to retrieve it with a stick from the shore but can't quite do it. A child who looks to be his son is next to him offering moral support. Then the man drops the stick.
Not to worry, dad, son is here. The son walks into the shallow water, grabs the stick — which is floating mere inches from the sandal — and gives said stick back to the dad to keep trying. The look the dad gives the son is priceless and is very similar to the look Ronny's sister gave him that fateful day.
We all have those moments, but best to try and have a chuckle about them after our rage-filled rant to ourselves for not thinking things through.