“Do you have a curved one-zero-zero-zero?” Mr. December asks.
“What?” I furrow my brow in confusion.
“A one-zero-zero-zero.” He explains, then holds up a puzzle piece that looks like this:
“Oh!” I exclaim. “You mean an Inukshuk-looking dude with spade-shaped feet!”
And that, my friends, is the difference between an engineer and an artist. Mr. December is sorting the puzzle pieces by encoding their ins and outs in binary. I, on the other hand, have sorted them into the following categories:
- Inukshuk dude with spade-shaped feet
- Inukshuk dude with flat feet
- Four-way arrow
- Comic-book burst
- Cartoon mouth
Not that it makes a difference to our ability to do the puzzle, I just find the whole thing rather amusing.
Way back in March, Mr. December decided we should stock up on non-perishables “just in case.” He went to No Frills and came back with rice, canned beans, dried beans, rolled oats, and two bars of dark chocolate.
“What is this?” I asked as I unpacked.
“Emergency provisions,” he said.
“Honey, we’re not preparing for a zombie apocalypse where the kids will just be thankful they have something to eat. We’re preparing for a possible quarantine, where everything’s fine, everyone’s bored, and the kids are still picky.”
The next day I went out and bought dried fruits, shelf-stable milk, nuts, chocolate chips, canned fruit, vegetable broth in a box, and canned corn. You know, the stuff that makes staples like oatmeal and rice taste good.
We’re good that way, Mr. December and I. There’s very little overlap in our skill sets, which means we function better together than apart; and because we’re aware that our skills differ, we can avoid the whole “Whose job is this?” question and just stick to our respective strengths. He figures out how many cans of beans we need and emphasizes the need for a FIFO system, and then I go and build it. He makes sure things are efficient and scalable; I make the actual things that enable us to be efficient and scalable, and I add some beauty, because that’s important too.
We’re lucky to have each other.
Even when Especially when he talks in binary and I speak in images.