How do you say no to people who won't take NO for an answer?
Jan means well, but her enthusiasm blinds her to what others are thinking. She wants this year's Fourth of July activity to outshine last years. Last year we had wonderful fireworks, but a long dull, uncoordinated waiting period. Darkness comes slowly in July. No need shooting off pretty displays before 9 PM. And the old folks usually go to bed by eight. Waiting until 9 is an ordeal. Year before last we shot off the fireworks in the daylight. What a waste that was.
Jan wants community singing before the fireworks, and will not take no for an answer. She expects me to provide the keyboard and amplifier and when I said I couldn't, she ignored that and said Of course I could.
This year I am wracked by pain, and loaded with pain pills. I am so weak I have to call for help to pull up my pants. But I am supposed to provide the amplifier.
When next I see Jan I will say, "Here is the amplifier, here is the keyboard...take them NOW. Practice hooking them up before the fourth so you can run to Radio Shack and get the patch cords you need. They will be closed on the Fourth."
Jan took the address of this Blog. Maybe she will read this and understand that N O means No.
DONE...She was delighted wth the keyboard and the amplifier and went off happily to Radio Shack for the patch cords needed. It is going to be a delightful fourth of July Pageant after all.