It was a long day. I got home well after seven o'clock which made it over twelve hours since getting on the bus in the morning. A long, long day, full of things that needed to be done, things that I enjoy doing - true. It's just that there were too many things on only one day. It was actually dark out when I got in the car to come home.
Now, a long day for me, always means a long day for Joe too. He is there with me as I get on the bus and he's there at the office to pick me up at the end of the day. He has a lot on his agenda each day with planning travel and setting up trips and lectures, along with taking care of our own personal business as well. So, we were both tired getting in to the apartment.
Joe gets me to the apartment and then has to go back down and park the car underground. I typically sit at the computer and check the blog for comments (where is everyone?) and emails. Just as I reached for my glasses I was distracted by something on the computer screen and my glasses tumbled to the floor. For me, something on the floor might as well be in Lichtenstein. I looked at it, realized that I haven't had a passport to travel down there for years and years. I was going to have to ask Joe.
I knew he was tired. I knew, too, that he'd do it without comment or concern. He picks stuff up for me all the time. Which might explain why Joe has a slight Alemannic accent after a day when I've been very, very clumsy. I sat there and looked at the glasses.
I didn't want to have to ask him. I somehow just didn't want to need the glasses, didn't want to need his help. Not because he'd mind doing the chore. But sometimes, paradoxically asking for a chore to be done is more of a chore than doing the chore itself. Sometimes I think it's harder, way, way, harder to ask for help than to give it. So, Joe came in and I mentioned that I dropped my glasses. They were back in my hand seconds later.
There was something odd about them when I put them on, I checked, yep there was a passport stamp on the corner of them. I hope they had a lovely time down there in Lichtenstein.