I am not good at making decisions. One reason is because I want to make everybody happy. If someone asks me where I’d like to go to dinner, I usually say, “Oh, anything’s fine with me. You pick.” Same thing with movies, which is why I seldom ever get to see a chick flick. The other reason I hate to make a decision is because I’m afraid it won’t be the right one. My husband tells me not to worry about that because we can usually fix a decision I regret. Once we lived with the most gawd-awful psychedelic shade of blue in one of our bathrooms in San Antonio because I didn’t want to admit that the color I had chosen was hideous. Hubby said never again will he let me live with a color I hate. We’ll just repaint immediately. That helps me be bolder when it comes to redecorating now.
With this aversion to making decisions, imagine my surprise when I made a snap one yesterday. My husband and I went to the Home and Garden Show at the convention center here in Virginia Beach. Have you ever been to one of those? They are such fun! Companies who sell items and services for the home, such as kitchen remodeling, patio covers, landscaping, etc., come together, and show their products and hold drawings for gift cards and goodies. The very first product we came to was a demonstration of a steam mop. I’ve been researching those lately and know they are supposed to be excellent for cleaning hardwood floors. The floors in our entire house are hardwood bamboo, upstairs and down.
The demonstrator showed how the mop worked on different types of floors and how it also cleans carpets. “Carpets?” I asked. “Will it clean a wool area rug?” He told me it would be ideal for that job. Since I had just gotten an estimate of $75 to have the area rug in our living room dry cleaned, I was excited by the prospect of using this product for not only my bamboo floors, but my area rugs as well. But wait! Then the demonstrator showed how we could use this steam mop, without its handle, to also steam-clean upholstery. My husband had recently asked me to get some quotes on what it would cost to clean our two sofas and four chairs. I hadn’t gotten the quotes yet, but I know it ain’t cheap. So this product could clean my floors, my rugs, and my upholstery. Be still, my heart!
I whipped out my credit card, lifted it high in the air over the crowd and nearly screamed, “I’ll take one!” My husband was slightly shocked. “Wow!” he said. “It’s not like you to make a snap decision like that!” His comment made me nervous since he was right about it being so out of character for me, and I asked him if maybe I shouldn’t have bought it. He reassured me that he trusted my decision. But he was still shaking his head and grinning as we headed to the next booth, one that was selling a stove-top grill. The man was cooking vegetables, chicken, and boneless pork chops on it. It was fast, healthy, and the food was delicious. My husband asked many questions about it and was quite impressed. Unlike me, however, we walked away without buying it. My husband does not make snap decisions. He waited until we were about to leave before he headed back to that booth and purchased that sucker.