Loosen the Grip
[Paul has an epiphany of a child. Lets see what it is....]
The other day my host father grabbed a large handful of hay and brought it close to the house. The next thing I knew he had lit it on fire and was moving it around with a stick. Not having lived on a farm before, especially one in foreign country, this seemed a bit strange. However, I did not have the capability to ask what in the world he was doing. Watching on in wonder he then grabbed a can of bug spray. It became clear that this was all done to clear out some of the ants that had made a home near his chickens. This scenario has become a bit of a routine over the last couple of weeks. People do, I wonder, it eventually becomes clear.
This is a tried and true lesson that I have known for years and am only beginning to find valuable. The lesson being wait and see how things work out for themselves before trying to get a grasp of the situation. Hopefully as my father reads this he has a bit of a chuckle. Only he knows best my inclination to ask a million questions instead of just sitting back and letting it all happen. Sorry pops for all the ruined movie scenes due to a “what the heck is going on” question.
[For a list of the other things Paul learns as he grows up slow go to www.duhjustuseyourheadidiot.com. Other findings include: don't show people how little you actually know, other people don't like annoying noises as much as you like making them, if it smells weird don't eat it, and my favorite- don't chew your fingernails after scratching your butt]