Yesterday morning, Rachel, Eldon, Khalid and Kassandra left for a spring break in Indianapolis. Eldon was quietly loading the car as items were delivered to him by family members. I heard him sigh as he wondered when and why they needed to take all these things for only a short two day stay away from home.
Rachel is her mother’s daughter, I assured him. Many times I had wondered why we were taking so many things along on a trip. Usually, I took the lead. But what we took with us on a family trip was Rhoda’s domain. While in the house she carefully packed the suitcases and the food boxes. Then, I carried them from the house to the car and sat them down outside the car.
Rhoda packed the car. I never could pack to her satisfaction. I gave up trying after I learned that according to the DISC Personality Profile System that she was a “C” and I was a “D.” As a D I could make decisions quickly, but I was not as competent as she was in the handling of small details. She knew what went where and why and could pack the car with nothing left over. (I discovered on the first day of our honeymoon that I had forgotten my razor. That would not have happened had she packed for me!)
Rachel overheard our discussion and she told us that she and her mother were contingency planners. She said that is what she does on her job at Mennonite Mission Network. She and her mother think ahead for unforeseen emergencies. That guides them in packing for a family trip.
I’m finishing this blog on April 5, the anniversary of our wedding. The Dutch Cleaning Ladies are here and I got permission to take a picture and place it in my blog. I’m sorry that it is poorly focused.
This afternoon I will play table games at Greencroft for several hours. Rhoda would like that, and this afternoon I will play in her honor.
This evening Best Friend and I will eat a meal together at Bob Evans Resturant. If the work schdule at the garage permits, Conrad will join us.