Highlight – Wedding Anniversary



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.  

Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

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!)

Mother, Daughter looking through the screen

Mother, Daughter looking through the screen

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.

Dutch Cleaning Lady

Dutch Cleaning Lady

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. 

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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9 Responses to Highlight – Wedding Anniversary

  1. Harold Buman says:

    Thanks for all the information. Your forehead prophecies what is to come! I like to pack cars for trips. I can visualize where each item is to go once they are all around ready to be loaded. No big deal.

    Glad you could celebrate with your special friend. I am thankful for Carolyn and we can celebrate our date together after 16 years (plus 47 would make it 63 years!). I am glad you are around. 🙂 Harold

  2. Harold Buman says:

    Once posted, no more editing! prophecies should be prophesys (?)

    • I post so Best Friend can offer editing advice. She was a former secretary and masters grammer and typos and such better than I. My writing is often more historical than prophetic. Also more predictive that prophetic.

  3. Mary Bew says:

    Thanks for keeping in touch with us all.
    Packing with nothing left over . . . People who can easily cut drywall to fit can also pack. Maybe also do Rubik’s cube and jigsaw puzzles. It’s a 3-D ability. Bob and I are equally inept at this.

  4. Miriam says:

    Thanks, Martin. Hope you have an enjoyable dinner tonight!

    My father used to pack the car for trips, whether or not he was going with us. He relished the process of scanning the shapes and sizes of items and then placing them in the most efficient possible arrangement. He also took pictures of wood piles and manure piles when we traveled Europe. It was fascinating to him the precision with which the Swiss stacked things! I’m rather like him in that regard, and can’t get too much of a good visual puzzle.

    They say males are more likely to be spatially competent; females more likely to be linguistically competent. Isn’t it nice that we don’t all have to fit that mold?

  5. Peter Oakley says:

    “C’ for Compact? Contingency? DISC must be an acronym — what do the letters stand for? I was always the packer in my household, even as a youngster. Neither my mom nor my wife ever packed my bag. If I forgot my razor, that was MY problem!

    • Yes, DISC is an acronym. You can find details at http://www.discprofile.com/whatisdisc.htm After retirement as an administrator I free lanced as a consultant, mostly in churches, as a team builder. Briefly stated, a high “C” is competent in the management of small details. I recognize also a high “D” in your ability to be decisive. So I guess you are a “CD” but I think you can now take the profile online and make your own assessment. They have updated their products so I am not a quickly familiar as I should be. If you are really interested in pursuing this let me know and I’ll try to be of help.

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