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Doing Nothing Is Harder Than I Thought (standard:humor, 902 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Aug 30 2020Views/Reads: 177/94Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Nothing is not that special but sometimes the right something can be real special.

After being so long in a lockdown situation, the Gracious Mistress of
the Parsonage planned a short vacation time for us. It took her quite a 
while to put all of the pieces together, but she succeeded as always. 

As I was preparing for this little adventure, my wife looked at me and
said, "What are you putting in that bag?" 

I looked at her, smiled and said, “I'm putting some projects that I want
to catch up on while we're on vacation.” I then flashed another smile 
in her direction. “This is going to be wonderful,” I said to her. 

She looked at me, both hands on her hips and said, “You are not taking
any projects on this trip. The whole plan is for us to do nothing. Do 
you understand?” 

I must say I was not quite prepared for this. When we got away, I
thought I could spend time catching up on some projects I was working 
on. I always have a project in the wind. 

“This time,” my wife said rather sternly, “is for us to do nothing and
do it together.” 

By the tone of her voice, I knew she was quite serious and not joking.
Over the years, I have been able to detect this sort of thing. I do not 
have it all worked out yet, but I am getting there. This tone of her 
voice I knew quite well. 

“Couldn't I just take one project?” I tried to flash the best smile I
had, but to no avail. 

“This is a very important time for us to do nothing. And I will make
sure that we will do absolutely nothing on this little vacation 

This was rather new for me. Although sometimes I do not do very much, I
have never gotten to the point where I am actually doing nothing. I am 
not sure what that feels like. 

"You don't need to worry about this." My wife said as she saw me
scowling. "I will handle this and help you to do nothing while we are 
away. When we're done, you'll thank me." 

We got to our motel, I checked in, and we settled into our room. 

I sat down on a chair in the corner, looked at my wife and cheerfully
said, “Well, Honey, what do we do now?” 

I was hoping that she had been teasing me all along, and I would be able
to do something. After all, in my humble opinion, doing something is a 
lot better than doing nothing. However, do not quote me on that one. 

“We'll take a little rest here,” she said, “and then we will go out for

"Okay," I said, trying to hold back a chuckle, "but isn't that doing

Obviously, she did not get the joke and looked at me with one of "those

So, I thought to myself, this is how it's going to be on our short
vacation. I had to think of something without her knowing that I was 
not doing anything, and catch her off guard. 

We went out for dinner just up the street from our motel and enjoyed
ourselves tremendously. 

When the check came, I looked at my wife and said, "This sure is fun
doing nothing." 

She looked at me and then looked away, and I knew I had done something
contrary to her rules of doing nothing. 

I knew I had to get her, and it was not going to be easy. 

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