A job forgotten brings back memories of long ago

     We all have a knack for putting off a chore we don’t want to do. I’ve accumulated a long list of those jobs, but found I may have established my own personal “putting off” record.
Last week while searching through “stuff” on a back shelf in our garage I came across a tricycle tire. I instantly recognized that little spoked tire. It was to be a replacement tire for our child’s trike. I had backed over his little three-wheeler many years ago -- as I also did my Betterhalf’s bike many years later.
Just how many years ago and just how long had that tire set on the shelf? Well, according to my calculation, that ‘child’ is now 56 years old.
The damaged trike has long been gone and dust has settled on the white rim and spokes. Dust has also clouded my memory, but there’s no way to deny I must have been pretty slow to implement my well-planned trike repair. Much quicker than I ever imagined life has, and continues to, move on.
Looking at past family history, I recalled a fast growing youngster chose to replace the trike with a bike and a set of training wheels. Then off came the training wheels; a 10-speed bike; and too soon a driver’s license dampened two-wheel transportation thus creating a demand for a four-wheel school car.
I smiled when I looked at the evidence left by a simple trike wheel. Its evidence told me that even in my young, energetic years a job could easily be put off.
Now another problem looms ahead. If I found a trike tire resting on a garage shelf for nearly 50-plus years, it is evidence the garage needs a good house cleaning. I wonder how more years it will be until I react to that cleaning job challenge. One thing is certain. It won’t be another 50 years. However, the Betterhalf says when I clean anything in our household, her ‘clutter’ seems to go and mine remains.
Here’s some info that has become important to who we don’t know:
* There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
* A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
* There are more chickens than people in the world.
* Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
* Butterflies taste with their feet.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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