Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Six of One

"Could you stop at The Dime Store and buy white lights? I can't find any."

"Hi. There are packages of 50 and 100. Should I buy two?"

"I'm confused. Two what?"

"Two packages of lights."

"Wait. Two hundred lights?"

"Yes."

"Um. No," and she considered telling him one-thousand, but knew that in relation to his assumption that two hundred would likely be more than enough that this would lead to a conversation for which neither one of them had the energy, "get eight hundred."

"You're kidding."

"OK, six. Six hundred."

And in the year of scaling back and not making a fuss, of only putting up the tree and hanging the stockings, it was fine. Though she knew, every evening at dusk, that two hundred more lights would have made all the difference.

20 comments:

Appletree said...

Well played though Mrs. B. Well played.

tartanscot said...

omg - you should have called me. I have billions of lights I'm not using this year. I can over-night some tomorrow. You'd have them by Christmas Eve . . .

Pat McIntosh said...

Very well done!

Gwennie said...

This is the same conversation I had with my husband. When the tree was all decorated, he said "You were right, it needs more lights." As I always say, more is more. Merry Christmas!

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

So very diplomatic!

Mrs. Grizwald said...

I'll be right over!

Mrs. Grizwald said...

I always hide a few emergency boxes in my underwear drawer....you just never know...

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

Perfect. Next year, 800! Happy Christmas in your new digs. ; )

Anonymous said...

you still have a dime store ?

john in nc

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I think the rule of thumb is 100 lights per foot -so an 8 foot tree should have 800 lights (but the more the merrier in my book!).

24 Corners said...

Same conversation at my house...where does this less is more stuff come from I wonder, it was the same with the ornaments...there's always room for more!

Your tree looks lively in your new white room!
xo J~

24 Corners said...

Okay...my comment code word was "mencili"...too funny.

mary said...

Love the tree!!Merry Christmas.

linda said...

He is so lucky to have you.

Room Temperature said...

Totally aside from the coverage & lights-per-foot equation, there's also the matter of beauty & timing & syllables-per-phrase. That last paragraph? It's perfect. Aesop would be envious.

Anonymous said...

Don't be too hard... it's good enough.
Merry Xmas Mrs B. You have provided much happiness to me this year. All the very best to you and your family.

Cherill W
Adelaide, South Australia

Town and Country Mom said...

Funny. And congrats on having a tree up and decorated so quickly after moving--no small feat, I'm sure!

Dalai Lina said...

900 on my tree. Is that a fire hazard? Hope not because it looks awesome! Glad you are settled in :)

Jeremiah said...

Anon: Not 'a' Dime Store--- THE Dime Store. There's really no place I'd rather be than KC for the hols... alas.....

Emily said...

Please do a post on THE Dime Store! So much stuff in one little place! Any DIY home decor can be found easily (now). I was just sent home to Richmond with a "dime store plastic tote" because they are "essential".