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Stupid like a fox

$50 and quarters

As I dragged my sweaty, exhausted self in from teaching Jazzercise just now, Basil greeted me so excited I thought maybe he’d gotten a big buyout from work, won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes, found a third ’60s rocker’s photo in one of the boxes in the garage, or bought another new lawn-care thingamawhoozy.

“You’ve got to see this! Come here!” he said before I could put my bag down or peel my socks off. “I’m so excited I’m tripping the light fantastic.”

(He actually said that.)

And then he held up a plain white envelope on which was scrawled: “9/10, Basil, 1st Qtr, $50.00.”

I could see the $50 bill inside, but was confused.

“This has never happened before! See what it is?” he said.

Me: Blank stare.

Then: “Where did you get $50?”

Basil: “Are you stupid? LOOOK” (shoving the envelope closer to my face, as thought it would make me understand).

I was a little surprised — not that he thought I might be stupid (hell, I figured THAT), but that he actually SAID so.

We went back and forth like this for a while.

Me: Blank stare.

Him: Shoving envelope closer while he tried to avoid hopping up and down like an 8-year-old who just spied the ice-cream truck.

I’m not big on guessing games to begin with, hate anything with numbers and frankly, you need to talk to me when my sweat-soaked clothes are not plastered to me.

Plus, I’m not real bright, but even I know this is not the first quarter of the fiscal year. It just didn’t compute.

Turns out he won a football pool for the first time ever.

He is very psyched.

And gave me the money, even though he won it fair and square.

I took it.

I might be a dim bulb when it comes to figuring out where the cash came from, but I sure as hell know how to spend it.


About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


One thought on “Stupid like a fox

  1. LOL! You go girl.

    Posted by Jacquie | September 12, 2012, 4:55 pm

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