It is the kid’s spring break this week and they had been BEGGING to go on a rock hunting adventure. As some background.. David’s dad was a geologist for many years and then taught geology at high school and college levels. David grew up thinking his dad was Indiana Jones since he was always off in other parts of the world and always had really cool stories to share (he had about 4 entirely full passports!) His dad had a killer rock collection with hundreds of sorted and labeled rocks. We inherited his rock collection when he passed away and the kids have really picked up an interest in learning about geology! David majored in geology in college so he has especially been loving this. I have been learning about rocks along with the kids because turns out I didn’t know much. It’s been a fun family thing so we planned a trip to Quartzite, AZ which is known for rocks. It is a small town that is mostly made up of trailer parks and lots of rock shops.
We took the kids to this rock shop that was so fun to explore … the kids picked out some cool geodes and crystals. We checked out and told the guy working the store that we wanted to come back tomorrow and asked what time he would be open.. his response was: “oh yeah I’ll be in tomorrow.. probably around 11.. maybe 11:30.. You see I have this appointment to go to and I’ve tried getting the appointment forever. I’m not sure how long it will take it could take an hour or it could be faster. I’m actually going to look at this home that I have been wanting and it’s gonna be really cool so I’ll be in tomorrow like I said maybe around 11 or definitely not past 12” ….. it was the longest explanation ever haha and it made me think of something I have been working on the past year or so.
The past year I have been working on getting to the point and not explaining the reason I’ll be late or can’t make it or have to reschedule. With all that the kids have going on and all I have going on with work it’s inevitable that we will be late or have to cancel events, calls or meetings from time to time. So I try to do this “hey I can’t make it tomorrow, bummed to miss it but have fun!” Instead of giving any backstory. Or if I have to reschedule a work call sending a simple “hey I had something come up and have to reschedule, when works best for you?” … no one needs to know if my sitter canceled or if my kids are sick or if I’m just not feeling great or if I was stuck in traffic.. none of us need excuses and quite frankly I don’t think anyone cares to hear the reason anyway. So if you’re stuck in a habit like I had been of sharing reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing – let’s just get to the point and drop the excess info.