A Moment in My Life – Tuesday, September 1, 2020
I received an email from Nextdoor Orange Park announcing their Taco Tuesday Black Tie Affair for tonight, and I was surprised that there was a charge for participating in Taco Tuesday. It makes sense. It took me by surprise, though, because I’ve never taken part in Taco Tuesday. I’ve heard of it mainly because Taco Tuesday was a favorite event that Mark enjoyed through his real estate connections.
I had assumed that Taco Tuesday was a free event. Maybe it was free since fellow real estate members sponsored it. I thought that it was free because Mark attended on his own during his workday, and he had never invited me to join him. I figured the reason he didn’t ask me was that it wasn’t right to bring your wife just because it was free food. If he had to pay, I’m sure occasionally he would have invited me to tag along. Although most Mexican vendors sprinkle cilantro into everything, and I abhor cilantro, making it a challenge to dine at an unfamiliar venue. It could’ve been his attempt to spare me from the nasty cilantro.
I wish he were here so I could ask him about his Taco Tuesdays. Did they charge for the events he attended? Why didn’t he invite me sometimes? Was it because he was trying to be thoughtful and spare me from cilantro? Or did he not think about it? Or was it only for real estate agents? It’s not a big deal, but this incident made me realize that I’ve been telling people I don’t take anything for granted. It’s true. I sincerely try not to, and I thought I was following my own rule, but I fell short in this case. I took Mark’s day-to-day for granted. I should have appreciated him more by asking him about his daily goings-on instead of assuming.
I’m sure this incident is one of many, but I don’t know what I don’t know. I do know that, just around the house, as much as I tried to get us cross-trained with the many tasks that we each took care of, there is still much he took care of that I inadvertently took for granted until it became my chore.
We have all taken things for granted at one time or another, whether we know it. I am sure, though, that it wasn’t on purpose. All we can do is try not to do that too often. Knowing what I know now, I have to recant by saying that I try not to take anything for granted, and that’s all that I can do—is try.