The other night Kim and I were on one of our famous walks. It was late, and our steps were guided by the full moon’s glow and the occasional street light. We were immersed in a great conversation brainstorming about the business. As we passed a park, my wife, who has a bladder the size of an infant leprechaun, spotted a port-a-potty. She had to go.
Did I mention it was dark? Ink black dark.
My role as husband meant that I was enlisted to hold the door open for her so she could see what she was doing. (Although in my experience, the less I’m able to see in those things, the better.)
No problem, I was happy to oblige. Except for one thing.
Over the past several weeks, Mother Nature has given Wisconsin enough rain to be declared a national waterpark. And with lots of rain comes lots of mosquitoes, a.k.a the Wisconsin State Bird. The mosquitoes don’t really bother us on our walks, as long as you keep walking. If you stop to tie your shoe, or say, go to the bathroom in a darkened portable toilet stationed in the middle of a dark field blanketed in wet grass that hasn’t been cut since Lindsey Lohan was sober, you’re in trouble. Those pesky pests swarm you like they’re Homer Simpson and you’re a donut with sprinkles.
So here’s the picture for you: Kim is in the bathroom, trying to do her business as fast as she can. I am simultaneously holding open the door while trying to keep myself in mosquito-averting motion, pacing back and forth like a nervous expectant father on WAY too much caffeine. And the kicker is that right in the middle of the whole ordeal, a car drove by. I’m not sure if their blaring headlights could see what was going on, but I’d sure love to know what they thought about the peculiar scene.
Humility is something we could all use more of, but I’ve found that we don’t usually have to seek it out. Never forget that you can spend most of your days acting like you’re hot stuff, but whether you’re a high-paid CEO, a high court judge, or just a guy out walking with his wife, life has a way of making sure you don’t take yourself too seriously.
[tags]humility, mosquitoes, port-a-potty, bathroom[/tags]