And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, May 06, 2012

What Is A "Little Thing"?

I want to rearrange our living room. Badly. It's cramped, the traffic flow is miserable.... all the furniture needs to be moved around. The problem is the location of the TV. I can't really move it because of where the cable connection is, and Mr. Barefoot hasn't had time to move the cable outlet thingy. Yeah, I'm technical like that. I can't move the rest of the furniture until the TV is in it's new home. I'm kinda stuck. I've considered just getting rid of the TV altogether, but fear of a full mutiny by the family keeps me from taking that (admittedly drastic) step. 

Anyway, I asked him about it again today. I was trying to convey how very very important this was to me, and his reply was:

"Hon, don't take this the wrong way, but you worry about the littlest things."

He might as well have waved a red flag in front of a bull. To me, this is a big thing. I can't  move in the living room. I can't access the desk where I keep all our bills without standing on one foot and stretching like some balance beam gymnast. Every time I come in the house with grocery bags, they bang on the arm of the couch and the arm of the chair, nearly knocking me over as I head through to the kitchen. Not to mention that it just looks cramped. It's ugly. I don't like it, and it bugs me Every. Single. Day.

But I get it. To him it is a small thing. He doesn't mind having to walk around things, or worry about things like clutter and decorating. As long as things are functional for what he needs, it's good enough. 

So I'm left wondering, what exactly makes something big or small? We all have our own priorities. What makes one more important than another? 

And I also wonder.... how hard could it be to move that cable outlet thingy myself, anyway? Maybe I should consider finding out what it's really called before I start poking holes into walls in an attempt to move it.....

~... and that's all I have to say about that...~


Gorges Smythe said...

Get a cable cord extension and put the TV where you want it. If he trips over the cord, let HIM buy one of those safety things to keep you from tripping over cords!

Gorges Smythe said...

You might tell him to read your post, too!

barefoot gardener said...

Gorges: Thanks for the advice! I've thought about doing something like that with a really long cord, but I do worry about the tripping hazard. It wouldn't be so bad if Mr. Barefoot and I were the only ones I had to worry about, but the Sprouts are guaranteed to trip over it at least once a day.

On the other hand, there is always duct tape.... ;-)

Kelli said...

I'm with Gorges. Run it along the wall, no tripping, voila!

Or, just cancel the cable ;)

barefoot gardener said...

Kelli -
I wish it were so simple! The "wall" I would have to run the cord along is the open space between the living room and dining room. No wall! I would have to run the cord up to the ceiling, over and down... or along the transition between the laminate floor (dining room) and carpet (living room). Neither are great options. I'll figure it out, though!