Good-humor is goodness and wisdom combined.
Edward R. Bulwer
Sitting here with my head kinked slightly to the right and trying to read this, hope to be story I think of all the times I have heard that saying “You are a pain in the neck” or “What a pain in the neck” the first one I apparently must be because as of late I have heard that directed at me or mumbled under someone’s breath a few times. I was thinking it was a good thing, a term of endearment if you will until I woke up this early morning with this darn pain in my neck.
After I finish this story I will go and research this old saying because as we all know Google leaves nothing to our imagination, if you want to know anything instantly you will know. I do love a little mystery so will try to refrain from doing that search, at least till I finish this story. Kinda like the old days where you possibly would never ever know and would be a little disappointed with that but knew eventually this burning question may come to light.
Yesterday the fuel man came and as he filled the tanks for the tractor we had a nice little chat. I noticed he had turkey feathers stuck in the window of his truck and asked him about them since I have them jammed in my window of my tractor too as I am sure you all know. He explained how he picked them up on Rice Lake and was so excited when he found them, I know how that feels.
I still search the ground while back in the bush hoping to find one again. We chatted about the weather, the season and farming of course. When he finally handed me the bill I looked at it he smiled a half smile knowing it had spiked in price and there was nothing either one of us could do about it. He was a young farmer too. I thought to myself “What a pain in the neck” those darn oil companies. We bid goodbye and I told him I would start saving my money for his return visit in the spring and he smiled and we both laughed. Keep gathering those feathers OK. "I will". He drove slowly up the laneway to make someone else’s day with his good nature and then would have to hand another happy customer a bill that would have them muttering “What a pain in the neck” I am sure.
This morning the snow is all melting and it looks very sloppy and messy, this probably means I will not be going snowshoeing but that does not mean I will not be going to the bush with my Pink Cadillac’s on. The bush continues to call me and I cannot resist. The weather man is calling for snow all this week. Oh I love this weatherman and until he is possibly proven wrong once again he will not be referred to as “A pain in the neck”.
Well I better be off and feed those cows so I can find that block of time to walk through the bush before I am to rush to finish a job with my sister/sisters where I will without a doubt be hearing “What a pain in the neck” in a muffled voice under their breath as we all smile. Another few saying’s come to mind “Grin and bear it”, “This too shall pass.” “You can pick your friends but…..” I honestly do love my family regardless of what you may now think after reading this story. Oh yes I am a “Pain in the neck” but so are they and I know they love me too. A “term of endearment”, oh yes that is what it is indeed.
So now I wonder how many of you are going to Google the meaning of the saying "Pain in the neck" or should we just leave it as a mystery? I am off so I have no time, maybe later.