Bringing the Text to Life
Share living quarters with someone (a spouse, children, parents, roommates, and you quickly learn how quirky the habits and hang-ups of others can be. Whether we focus on individual practices ("Why does she always have to leave her shoes right in the middle of the doorway!") or general personality traits ("Why is he always so grumpy in the morning?"), we soon learn what to expect and how to read the signs of the other's presence. Know someone long enough and well enough and you can predict their behavior with some degree of accuracy. We learn to expect and accept the typical actions and reactions from those closest to us whether we like them or not.
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-- Your spouse leaves the lid off the mayonnaise jar once again, turning the contents into a freeze-dried, crusted-over sea of whitecaps. Scraping off the top two inches, you mutter, "That's so Walter."
-- Your teenager informs you at 7:15 p.m. that you both are expected at an important school...