The wife of Primo's opponent - the wife of the congressman - has broken her leg. Just hit the news. I sent an email to Primo saying that maybe someone should post something on his campaign facebook page - something along the lines of, "We are all thinking about the congressman's wife and hope she has a quick recovery."
He agreed, then noted that his social media person had sent him the same news and suggestion.
A few minutes later, he came downstairs, all grumpy.
"They're telling me it has to come from me! That I have to write the statement! And that I have to send a personal note to the congressman!"
"What?!" I replied, perplexed.
"I don't have time for this! I have gotten hardly any work done today. I need to go to the school board meeting tonight!"
(Primo stomps. I guess it's better than putting a fist through the wall. He stomps. He tells me he tries really hard not to be like his dad, who is a yeller and did punch Primo once when Primo was a 98-pound weakling teenager and Sly was a 210-pound weightlifter.)
(I really do not like Sly.)
(REALLY DO NOT LIKE.)
I agreed - "They do need to do this for you."
"I called [campaign manager] but I can't reach him. I have work to do!"
He stomped back upstairs. I microwaved some chicken with pine nuts and walnuts from the Spain section of my Cooks Illustrated Best International Food cookbook and sat down to eat and read my Time-Life Spain cookbook. I need to make garlic soup. And caldo gallego. And flan. I love food.
He came back downstairs. "[Campaign manager] sent me something, but it has a grammatical error in it and he mentions the word 'prayer.'"
I laughed. "Does he not know that you don't pray?"
"It's pandering to talk about prayer if I don't pray," Primo said. "I'm not going to do it."
"Why don't I draft something?" I suggested.
"Maybe," Primo said. "You know how I am - I will agonize over a 15-word statement."
Oh yes I know how he is. It takes him forever to compose an email to his best friend telling him what time our flight arrives so P can pick us up.
So I draft a quick statement. This is not hard.
I am saddened at the news about Congressman X's wife. No matter what political differences we might have, we all love our families and want nothing but good health for them. I am wishing Mrs. X a quick and painless recovery.
The main purpose of this note is for the followers of Primo's campaign facebook page to know that he is not a jerk. Period.
I think it should be all over. We'll see how long Primo agonizes over it. I am glad I am not such a perfectionist. I think it makes life really hard.