Thursday, October 23, 2008
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
My brother took his sleeping bag to work recently, with tentative plans to stay that night at a friend's house. But arrangements altered slightly and my brother found himself after midnight with a minor dilemma. He had consumed an amount of alcohol and could not drive home and he did not on any account wish to pay for a taxi.
As he stood and wondered, he remembered that he possessed a set of keys to his workplace, having locked up the premises that evening. He also, of great significance, had placed a potentially useful sleeping bag in the back of his car.
Thus it came to pass that my industrious, determined sibling slept on the well-worn floor of a shop until first light streamed through the shutters and he could slip away before the city came to life. Perhaps his sleep was broken only by wild, fevered hallucinations of the boss inexplicably bursting in, finding an assistant lying prone under the printers and fax machines and laminators, and demanding an immediate and thorough explanation.
Sometimes there is no explanation: but frugality is as good a suggestion as any.
Posted by Phyllis Hunt McGowan at 1:36 PM