It seemed like a good idea at the time


When I was learning to paint, I told my partner I was thinking of building a box. “To put the paintings in,” I explained.

She gave me a look. “You want to make paintings,” she said slowly. “And then put them in a box?”

I wasn’t sure what she was getting at. “Yeah.”

“And then just keep them there,” she clarified, clearly angry about something.

“Uh…” I was pretty sure at this point that I was giving the wrong answers. “Yes?”

If you can imagine the look she gave me then, you may have learned something very important about me from this story. I’m still trying to figure out what it was.