The Pot Calling the Kettle…
“Do you have your keys, wallet, glasses, and iPhone?”
This is the standard question I pose to Ali anytime we are leaving our house, my parent’s house, a restaurant, a movie theater, a plane, or anywhere Ali could have possibly emptied the contents of his pockets. I try to be understanding…I mean I’d rather Ali lose things than carry around a murse, but I do believe he’s taken things to a new level with his forgetfulness.
Example 1: Ali lost his first cell phone 5 days after I met him. He hasn’t stopped losing them since.
Example 2: After a long flight back from Turks and Caicos last year Ali realized he’d left our car key at airport security. We were at the airport parking lot freezing our tails off when he made that lovely discovery and a year later Maya still won’t forgive him for it.
I didn’t think it could get worse but if you can believe it, Ali actually lost his car for about 12 hours, which brings us to…
Example 3: Ali left his car parked a few miles away at my brother’s apartment and then proceeded to forget about it until the next morning when he had to get to work and realized his car was not downstairs. So there we were at 6am, Ali needing his car to get to work, me needing to make Maya’s breakfast and lunch, wake her up, get her ready for school, and be at work at 8am. So I did what any other doting wife would do…I told Ali to take the bus to collect his lost car.
I can be a mean b@#$% too often sometimes. So it probably serves me right that I recently lost my car key for the first time. I thought I’d left it at my friend Nadia’s house (which was where I left my car), but when we got back to her place I couldn’t find it anywhere! Luckily it turned up later but Ali had to drop me at my car the next day.
You’d think he’d take the opportunity to rub it in, right? No, not Ali. And not only did he not say a word about me inconveniencing him, but I can guarantee you he hasn’t stored any of the aforementioned events in his mind to use against me on a future occasion.
You’d think I’d take this opportunity to learn a little something about patience and understanding from him, right? But as much as I’d like to, I can pretty much guarantee that won’t happen either.