Hard-Headed People

| 7/2/2012 2:30:00 PM

My Field TripI am a hard-headed person. I know that because my parents told me so. My husband tends to agree with them; probably a couple of my old teachers are nodding their heads with agreement. I think my children would say I was stubborn. So what’s the difference between stubborn and hard-headed?

Stubborn is a person who knows their fight is impossible, yet they refuse to give up. They refuse to acknowledge defeat of any kind. I’m not sure how this guy would measure up—stubborn that he refuses to admit he needs brakes or hard-headed that gravity will pull objects down a hill.  

maybe you need brakes

Hard-headed is a person who runs full blast into a brick wall to see if it’s brick. They will stick a slice of pizza fresh from the oven, even after someone sitting next to them says, “careful, it’s hot”, into their mouths burning their tongues. 

Both my parents are gone now, but their legacy of helpful teachings lingers. I still hear their voices in my head warning me that I am
being hard-headed.  Most recently it happened when I was gardening. I do my work early in the morning before that horrible heat sets in. Lately, the horrible heat is setting in earlier than I’m getting out there to work. I should have waited for the heat wave to pass, but oh no, I went out anyway and did my hour of gardening.

In that short period of time I managed to make myself very sick. Too much heat can really take a toll on the human body and cooling
yourself down is something else to be careful about. You don’t take a glass dish out of an oven and set it in the refrigerator without expecting an explosion.  The worst thing I could do would be to try to cool down too fast.  I sat down with a cool washrag and wiped down my arms and the back of my neck.

7/3/2012 12:48:11 AM

Susan, I agree. Work slow, drink lots of fluids, and take more time resting than usual. I grew up on the farm where there was only a fan for my parents to use. Then when we moved to town, an attic fan cooled down the whole house in the evening. I too get out to the garden just as the sun rises (5:30am) to spend my time weeding and watering. By 9am I'm done for the day and stay inside until the sun goes over the hill. The temperatures here in eastern Nebraska have been 95+ for the last few days and intend to stay that way for the rest of the week. My big garden is about five miles away and I've been hauling water to keep the plants alive through this extreme heat. I'm not going to overwork myself. Have a great time in the garden and stay cool.

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