"Hephzibah! It is common sense!" lectures Israel from time to time; that is to put it mildly, to say his tone has become increasingly impatient would be closer to the reality.
The latest incident happened yesterday when I thought it was a smart idea to warm up rasam in the glass pot on the stove top, while reheating other items on the microwave. My idea was that both would be done at the same time.
But to my shock just when I used a ladle to mix up the rasam the pot exploded sending shredded pieces of glass all over. Thank God, none of us got hurt. Israel had to rush in and rescue me from the mounting clean up work following that; I am so very grateful for that!
Another time early in our marriage Israel had asked me to clean a table fan while he was away at work. Gladly I obliged, taking it to the bath tub, standing it tall and turning on the shower head. Within minutes it was sparkling clean but alas it had stopped working in the process. Israel couldn't hold back his bewilderment at the "smartness" of his new bride and had to blurt out, "It is just common sense!" Is it?
Not to forget I once left my phone "charging" in the car while I was at work not realizing that the charger in the car is meant to work only when the car is on. Another time apparently I had fed the parking meter next to my car not knowing that my meter was the one on the right hand side of my car; thus getting a parking violation ticket on return as my meter had no funds. "How am I supposed to know?!" is my only defense during times like this.
Growing up when asked in school what caste we were I had proudly answered "Israelites!" (As in Sunday school I had learnt Israelites were the children of God). Then there are incidents I am not at liberty to share as it would embarrass us all.
Let me ask you one thing, is common sense that common?