THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
there a perfectionist? If there is one thing I am not, it is a
perfectionist.I am more of a “that’s-good-enoughonist.” The problem with being a that’s-good-enoughonist is it may not be a fast track
to success in life. The problem with a
perfectionist is they are never…ever…happy.
married to a perfectionist for many years.If ever there was a combination destined for failure it would be pairing
a that’s-good-enoughonist with a perfectionist.
As a that’s-good-enoughonist
I could overlook flaws and imperfections.As a perfectionist, she could not.Actually wife #1 was worse than a perfectionist, it is one thing to not overlook
a flaw, it is another to take a fine-tooth comb and a magnifying glass and not
quit until you find something to complain about.
time I knew I was in deep trouble with this conflict of acceptance was when I
wall papered a small kitchen in our first apartment.I don’t think anyone wall papers
anymore.For you young people, wall
paper was a paper product with patterns which you stuck on the wall instead of
painting.It used to be popular, but it
was a giant pain to apply.Wall papering
was a skill that took much practice and patience.
One of the
great difficulties in wall papering was matching the seams of each strip of
paper that you applied.If you had a
flower pattern, you needed to match up the correct flowers in the correct
particular job, I was by necessity, a perfectionist.Anything else in wall papering just looks
horrible.There is no good-enoughonist in
matching a wall paper pattern.
The room was
tiny, but it still took hours for me to finish…well almost finish.There was a two-foot by two-foot area between
the stove and the wall that I did not paper.The space between the stove and the wall was maybe three inches.
perfectionist would have unhooked the stove, pulled it out, and papered the 2x2
area with a perfect matching piece of paper.A that’s-good-enoughonist would take any old piece of 2x2 paper, apply
the glue, reach in and slap the paper in willy-nilly.The only way to see that the strip did not
match the rest of the pattern would be to peek into that 2-3 inch opening with
a flashlight and check it.
Who the hell
would do that?
see a beautiful job of wall papering and instead of praising their husband for
doing a very nice job with a very difficult pattern, would complain and be
miserable about a flaw that could only be observed when you peered into a 2-3
inch gap with a flashlight?
“No one will ever in a thousand years
ever know the paper does not match in that small crevasse between the stove and
“I’ll know it doesn’t match.”
why this relationship did not go the distance?