Attention to detail

I know that I am not the most observant person in the world. There have been several times when I have failed to notice important things, usually to my own detriment. I fail to notice that the ground is icy, and then I fall. I fail to notice that it is cold outside and then forget to wear a coat. But one thing I pride myself on is my attention to detail during the holidays. I always want everything to be perfect.

During the Christmas season, I go all out. I buy presents for all of my family members and have them wrapped and ready to go. I have the lights and decorations ready, and the big Christmas dinner always contains all the trimmings.

On Tuesday night, a dozen friends and family members made the trip to my house and just as the last guests arrived, I took the last pan from the oven. Everything seemed perfect.

As we sat down to open presents, I was content in the knowledge that I had a gift for everyone that I was sure they would enjoy, but I was only half right. When all the gifts had been unwrapped, several of our relatives began to inspect their presents. Everyone seemed pleased with their gifts, except for our cousin, who had a confused, but amused, expression on his face.

Because he loves to bake, especially around the holidays, we had given him a set of silicone bake ware. Wondering what he found so amusing, I explained that I had received a set and thought it worked great. He agreed, that it probably would work great, unfortunately, the box of bake ware was completely empty, so he wouldnít be able to find out for a while.

I might have thought this was amusing, if it was the first time something like that had happened to me, but unfortunately, there have been several instances in which I purchase a new product and open it only to discover that I didnít receive what I had thought.

Just a few years ago, I purchased a CD for my husband and watched him open it only to discover that there was no CD in the case, and only a few years before that, I bought my sisters a movie that when they watched, they discovered contained the first 20 minutes of the movie they had expected, and the last hour of an entirely different film all together.

In some of these instances, Iím sure that my lack of observational skills may have been an extenuating factor. For instance, I probably should have realized that the empty box of bake ware was far too light, but after a while, I have to wonder if the world isnít just playing one giant trick on me, to ensure that things are not as perfect as I would like them to be.

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