My grandfather, on my Dad’s side, was badly crippled with arthritis his whole adult life.
I can only guess at the amount of pain he lived with—-pain made visible in the gnarled fingers that could only sort-of grasp the ever ready cane at his side.
I have to think that his occasional short temper and sometimes “crotchety” nature were in part a reflection of this pain he lived with on a daily basis. There were six of us kids growing up in the big, old, two-family farmhouse—-and there was always one of us that was deserving of one of his favorite admonishments, “Use your head for something besides a hat rack.”
Now, none of us kids would have ever been “clinically” considered to be, “A few bricks short of a full load.” In fact we all had to carry our bricks with pride. I like to think this was just his way of pushing us kids to perform even better—-when we would occasionally not quite meet his expectations—-or trip over his cane chasing each other around the house.
I got to thinking about this the other day in relation to people being “smart,” and what it means to be “smart” as opposed to “dumb-as-a-bag-of-hammers.”
One would like to think that people that break the law are some how less “smart” than the rest of us. I had something occur at an inspection the other day that made me think about this in a different way.
I tend to think that really smart people can still do really dumb things—-perhaps no different than my grandfather used to point out some 55 years ago.
Try this question out on yourself—-would you have thought of this?
The house I was inspecting had been vacant for 9 months.
Would you have thought to use the address of this house to have a “mystery package” delivered to it—-in order to avoid having it delivered directly to your own address?”
My grandfather would have still said, “Use your head for something besides a hat rack.”
I found it very clever—-
—-if not “smart.”
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