my whole life ought to be called “exerpts from a letter unsent.”
well in class today our groups were to take turns demonstrating attending and reflecting skills. in order to do this, we each had to talk for a minute or so so the others could listen and attend. the subject of this talk had to be suitable for reflection, as in, be semi-emotional.. we could make it upp, as long as we didn’t exaggerate the emotion/noticably act.
my story was this:
I just bought a 68cm television set, and had it delivered to my unit. This TV was a giant, almost a metre wide and about that long, as well. someone had offered to come around and help me set it up but I brazenly declined. uh, after half an hour so i’d finally managed to get it out of its box, and was faced with the task of getting it up onto the stand.. the, um. TV stand.. you know, the VCR and DVD player sit on shelves underneath, above a cabinet for storing cassettes, etc.
so I struggled with this monstrous set, which probably weighed as much as I, and somehow got it up there. after recovering for a few minutes I reached behind to plugg in the antenna, when! the whole thing tilted, and, as I stood helplessly watching in horrified horror, fell right off the stand onto its face with a resounding crash, imprinting its four corners into the floorboards. I nearly burst into tears on the spot.
I was sure the glass face would be shattered, all kinds of machinery pouring out, but when I set it upright (keeping it safe on the floor) it looked fine, so. I plugged it in to see if it would work.
it did not. there was sound, but the screen was totally lifeless; not a flicker. I tore at my hair and cursed the world for a moment before finding the receipt and calling the store from which i’d purchased it.
“hi!” I said, “I just had a television delivered from your shop, but it doesn’t work.”
“oh!” the terribly helpful support lady exclaimed, “we apologise for that. I’ll send someone over right away to pick it up and replace it.”
I was much more careful setting up the second set.