Today you all get first crack at the Conundrum of the Day! It's a fun one, but we refuse to answer it.
We just don't want to.
And no one can make us.
At least not today.
There's a condition sometimes diagnosed in school-aged children called ODD--no, the kids aren't odd; the initials stand for Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The initials are funny, but the disorder isn't. These kids are hard-wired to resist everything they're told to do.
I think that maybe I have some form of ODD, maybe a new condition called adult-onset ODD, because I was an extremely compliant and obedient child. But now that I'm a grown-up, I find myself constantly rebelling against...well, everything.
Here's a timely example (It would have been timely had we posted it when it arrived!)—just one tiny illustration of my orneryness. St. Patrick's Day is coming up, and I won't be wearing green. Ask me why. Okay, I'll tell you.
1. We're not in Ireland, and I'm not Irish. I have nothing against the Irish, but it just doesn't make sense to me. Do we celebrate St. Bartholomew's Day (Armenia)? St. Mark's Day (Egypt)? St. Lawrence's Day (Sri Lanka)? No? I rest my case.
2. Beer tastes horrid. Green beer? Horrid-er.
3. If everyone is doing something (i.e., wearing green), I want no part of it. But just to be extra oppositional--I'll wear green the day after St. Patrick's Day. So everyone knows I have green clothing, and I could have worn it, but chose not to.
Like I said--I'm like this all the time, not just for St. Patrick's Day. And because I'm so resistant to peer pressure, to authority, to anything done in groups, people think I'm less nice than I really am. I don't like being ODD--I'd love to be a joiner, a conformer, a sweetheart. But even just thinking about, say, re-posting a Facebook status, produces an actual physical reaction in me--I think my blood pressure just skyrocketed as I typed those words.
How can I become less ODD? Should I even try?
I will probably resist your advice.
So there you have it!
What say the Wise and Un-resistant Readers?
Maddie and Lisa
P.S. And don't go sending us any conundrums!
(unless you really want to)