Another election is in the books. Thank you for trusting me with another term. I’m humbled.
Nobody was happier about the election result than my wife. She was very worried that I would have to clean out my office in December and bring all my “old stuff” home. I think she was mostly referring to me as “old stuff”. As it is, I’m able to spend my days out of her way and mostly out of the way of our great city staff.
Misunderstanding breeds contempt. I have some hearing challenges, having spent years in the Ideal Dairy plant with noisy compressors, pumps, motors and slipping belts. I wear hearing aids, but as those with similar problems know, they don’t solve all hearing problems.
The other morning my wife and I were discussing our 45 years of marital bliss. After reflecting on life, blessings and challenges she commented that I was “tried and true.” I thought she said “I’m tired of you.” It was only fair to reply that I was tired of her too. I learned a painful lesson. We must really hear what is being said and sometimes translate into what is meant to be said!
Ladies are generally easier to hear than men because they don’t, as a rule, have facial hair. I’ve realized that I sometimes read lips. We use whatever we can to avoid misunderstandings. The tone of the voice helps this process. I always knew when my sweet mother wanted me to understand exactly what she meant by her tone.
Dad was also “Dairy Deaf”, so mother learned to get his attention by first hitting him with a broom. Throwing a shoe at me worked pretty well until I ducked one day and it went right through our glass front door. Eventually she settled on a whistle.
Can you tell how happy I am to be back telling stories?
Mayor David Ogden