Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Has He Really Taught You Everything He Has To Teach? Day!

You've packed a single suitcase. There's a young man waiting on the sidewalk. He'll be taking care of you now. But first you must say goodbye to your elderly mentor.

"You taught me so much," you'll say. "I can never in a million years repay you for sharing with me your brilliance."

"How is my shopping going to get done?" he'll ask.

Say, "I opened an account for you with Freshdirect. Anyway, I know our relationship was unorthodox. And I don't regret a moment of it. You were the father I never had. And the lover I always dreamed of."

"Does the UPS guy need to be called ahead of time if I need a pickup? Or does he just stop by every day?"

Take him by the hand and walk him into the bedroom. Point to where you posted the phone number for UPS pickup scheduling on the bulletin board. "I know this is hard. It's the hardest decision I've ever had to make. But what good is all you've taught me if I don't go out into the world and apply it to a life."

"My prescriptions?"

"You can pick them up every Friday."

"The cleaning lady?"

"She comes by on Tuesdays. Write her a check on the first Tuesday of the month."

"What about my fish?"

You suck in a breath. Those fish. Without you around to feed them and clean their tank, they'll surely die. But you can't let that responsibility hold you back. You can't be his student for the rest of your life. You have to live.

Kiss him on the cheek and run out the door, leaving behind his last question unanswered.

Happy Has He Really Taught You Everything He Has To Teach? Day!