Last night the whole family sat down with bowls of homemade vegetable soup and watched the beginning of the fourth season of "24" on DVD. At one point, someone is kidnapped and the kidnappers put TAPE OVER THIS PERSON'S MOUTH.
I could not get that image out of my mind. Hours later, lying in bed, it was all I could think about.
You see, I have fairly severe allergies, bad enough that most of the time, I breathe through my mouth. My nose is always stuffed up.I laid there in the dark and tried breathing only through my nose. It didn't work.
I finally woke Richard up. "Richard?" No response. "Richard?" A grunt. So I poke him. "Richard?"
"If someone ever tapes my mouth shut, I'll suffocate."
"Richard! This is important! If I ever get kidnapped, and they tape my mouth shut, I won't be able to breathe! I'LL SUFFOCATE!"
"Yes, I'll die! I won't be able to breathe!"
"Uh, okay. Suffocate. Tape on your mouth. Yeah."
"I understand. Tape, can't breathe."
"Love you, Karen. No tape. Don't get kidnapped. Don't suffocate. But...go to sleep, okay?"
See why I love him? I still think it's amazing we've been married for twenty-one years... What a guy.