Have you ever seen that episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond” where Ray and Debra ignore a suitcase sitting on their staircase for 3 weeks? Basically, Ray comes home from a business trip and out of sheer laziness, leaves his suitcase unpacked because he expects his wife to unpack it. And Debra refuses to unpack it out of sheer frustration that that’s what he expects her to do. So the suitcase sits and sits and sits as they carry on their battle of the baggage.
Well, it seems the Roller Coaster household is waging our own battle of the baggage. My husband returned from a trip 2 weeks ago. And his suitcase is STILL sitting in our bedroom. I love my husband and greatly respect him, but I’m sorry, he is a grown man, an adult quite capable of removing items from a suitcase, depositing the contents in their appropriate locations, and returning the empty suitcase to the attic. And although I am a grown adult capable of performing such tasks as well, I, much like Debra, feel that it is not my responsibility to clean up after him.
Unfortunately, Mr. Roller Coaster and I are both extremely stubborn people. I’d venture to say our stubbornness frequently reaches childish proportions. That’s why that suitcase is still sitting there. And every time I walk into my bedroom, I see it sitting there. I want to kick it. I want to throw it down the stairs. I want to unzip it and unload its contents out my bedroom window. But no, I continue to ignore it. As does Mr. Roller Coaster.
I have no doubt that Mr. Roller Coaster’s suitcase will continue to collect dust in our bedroom until he has to leave for another trip and has no other choice but to unpack it and promptly pack it again. In the meantime, we’ll continue to play this silly childish game because we’re both too stubborn to give in.
Here’s to Ray and Debra!