“What are you doing?”

“Organizing my underwear drawer.”

“You don’t have any underwear drawer.”

“OK. My underwear basket that sits on this shelf in my armoire. Besides. what’s it to you?”

“I don’t know. I’m bored.”

“Then go do something. Trim the roses or something.”

“That’s boring.”

“How about cut the weeds in the back yard?”

“ALL of them? That’ll take all day! Besides, I’d have to clean up the dog poop first.”

“What else do you have to do?”


“Well, go do that. Then when you DO have something to do, you won’t think, ‘Oh man, I should cut the weeds in the back yard first’.”

“I don’t see the point. They’ll just grow back.”

“There isn’t any point. It’s all just what it is.”

“Wow. You mean there’s no meaning?”

“Nope. We give things meaning through our effort and our love. That’s it. There. That’s done.”

“That makes it’s even MORE irrelevant for me to cut the weeds.”

“Look, there’s a weed out there that’s going to go to seed and the seeds can stick in your dog’s fur. Cut the fuckers before that happens. The meaning THERE is vet bills.”

“My girlfriend works for a vet.”

“OK, the meaning there is your dogs have less chance of an abscess and infection BEFORE the go to the vet. I don’t know what you expect from life. It’s just a thing we’re here and we do it to the best of our ability. Just find something you like to do and do it. I’ll help you in your backyard if you want.”

“No, c’mon, couldn’t we DO something?”


11 thoughts on “Ennui

  1. I will let you know the Mr. Swiss reaction when I apply that logic in our next academic conversation. I am sure it will be a success 🙂

  2. OMG that was priceless and perfect. I remember having this conversation with my kids haha once upon a time until they hated being bored as much as I. I have to confess I am very rarely bored. There is always something of interest to do.

  3. Sounds like a conversation between my mother and me, but she was wanting me to weed the garden. I couldn’t see the logic; it seemed like an inane task.

  4. The difference between the battle and the war – we may never win the war with one act, but every battle breaks the power of the enemy [weed or deed].
    Prior Planning & Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance – that’s what we need to show the ones who don’t yet understand how easy it is to ‘become one’ with the deeds of the needs.

  5. Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing
    Is like shoveling your path while it is still snowing.

    Erma Bombeck

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