WHEN I AM BAFFLED by something, anything, I am bothered by my lack of knowledge or understanding. That’s me, the inquisitive journalist, the creative writer, always wanting to know.
So, here’s what’s bugging me today.
Last evening, my husband answered our phone.
“I’m stuck!” an elderly woman said when he picked up. He thought at first that my mom was calling for help. She wasn’t.
“You have the wrong number. Who are you trying to call?” my husband asks after determining this is not his mother-in-law.
And then he’s asking me, “What are the assisted living places in town?”
I look at him like “Who the heck is on the other end of the phone line and what is going on?” I draw a blank on facility names.
So he grabs the phone book from a kitchen drawer and starts rattling off names to the stranger until, bingo, he gets the right one. Soon he hangs up and I hear him punching in a phone number. Then he’s giving someone his name, explaining that he just received a call from a Dorothy in room 2XX who says she’s stuck.
The person on the other end says she’ll check on Dorothy. And that’s it.
So, I am wondering: Who is Dorothy? Where was she stuck? Why did she call our number? Why couldn’t she remember where she lives? Did she get the help she needed?
THEN LATER, I am puzzled once again. We are watching the 10 p.m. news on KSTP TV when weatherman Dave Dahl comes on. He’s still using graphics of school buses in floodwaters to illustrate flooding in Minnesota.
About 10 days ago, Dahl started using these particular bus illustrations. When he isn’t on the air, the buses generally aren’t part of the flood forecasting.
My husband and I are mystified by Dahl’s usage of this artwork.
What do school buses have to do with floods? This inquiring mind really wants to know.
© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling