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Pluses and Minuses

Oil, Meet Water
by Ben Huberman
Of the people who are close to you, who is the person most unlike you? What makes it possible for you to get along?


There is a resemblance between Nola (my daughter), and myself, but physically, and temperamentally we are unlike each other. She is five seven in height, and I am five one. She is calm, and cool, where as I can call anxiety my second name.

Her memory can be compared to Wikipedia, and I have waylaid mine in some far off place. Maybe the memory gene is missing. Every year I forget my grand daughter M3’s birthday. It actually falls on 19th October, and I mix it with 19th November, a month too late.

Nola should have been a lawyer instead of an engineer. She can win any arguments hands down. I lose it before it even starts.

I am terribly indecisive. Nola has given me a fool proof method to decide; which is: to write down the plus, and minus points of a decision. If the plus points are more, that should weigh in favor of it. I keep on fretting over a problem till Nola decides it for me, (and before I forget “Thank you Nola”).

We love each other, as we are mother, and daughter. What better reason can there be?



Edge of the Frame

We often capture stranger in photos we take in public. Open your photo library, and stop at the first picture that features a person you don’t know. Now tell the story of that person.


Last year IB (my grandson) was taking a Judo Karate class. I was snapping pictures of IB, and inadvertently took a photo of a stranger. He was sitting ahead on my right, and his head and left shoulder is visible.

His name is John Fielding. John is a Software Engineer working from home. His wife Ann has a 9-5 job, so John has to bring his two sons Bret and Max to the Karate class.

The Karate class is for the duration of one hour. To save time on coming and going John stays in class. Most of the parents are doing the same thing. The Karate teachers have no objections to parents watching their kids.

John has brought his laptop to the class. He sits in the class, and does his work too. Outside it is 90 degrees, so it is better to stay in the class. When his sons are doing their moves, he watches them.

The class is over. He shuts down his laptop, and gets up. He can now take his sons home.

When he reaches his home, he is going to give the children milk and cookies. His wife will be home soon, and then John can retire to his den, leaving the kids safely to their mother.

Edge of the Frame