Sunday, January 3, 2010

Old movies, hugs and cuddles.

My wife has had a hard drive camcorder for a few years now. She was one of the early adopters of this technology and for the most part I believe that she has been happy with her camera. The downside of this technology is that when the hard drive fills up she has to make space by transferring some movies to either DVDs or to one of our household computers. Just before Christmas she realized that the hard drive was filling up and in order to film all the expected Christmas festivities, a review of what was on the camera's drive with a corresponding clean up effort was due.

This has not been a common occurrence as there were a few years worth of movies on the camcorder. My wife had to watch them all to see which movies should be kept and archived vs. which could just be deleted (you know those - the kind where the inept husband gets control of the camcorder and takes a movie of his foot for 25 minutes). After she viewed many of the older scenes she commented, "I was looking at the old movies were really fat, I don't mean that in a mean way but you were really fat."

It sounded harsh, much harsher than she meant it to be, but I didn't need to look at the movies. I know I was fat. In fact, I know that I am still fat. Less fat perhaps, but still in the fat category.

It sounded so harsh that my girls started laughing (as Rodney Dangerfield said, "now we know why tigers eat their young") . They then felt the need to pipe in with unsolicited comments of their own regarding my body composition changes. They were on a roll but I recall them saying (while laughing almost hysterically):
  • My body used to be mushy. Now I have muscles and my muscles aren't as mushy (let me pipe in here-there are many, many parts of me that are still mushy but there are other parts that do have muscles).
  • There are parts of me now where they can feel bones under my skin. This never happened to them before.
  • I used to be warm to the touch all the time. Now there are times when I'm cold.
  • They said that these observations are most noticeable while giving me a hug or cuddling.
  • They said, amid laughs, not to worry that they weren't going to stop giving me hugs since I'm not as mushy.
I'll run the risk of getting less mushy, but I won't give up on hugs and cuddles.

Happy New Year.


Al's CL Reviews said...

Happy New Year. I like, "I'll run the risk of getting less mushy, but I won't give up on hugs and cuddles."

Unknown said...

"now we know why tigers eat their young"

I've had one of those days, weeks actually, with my teenage daughter that made me laugh out loud when I read that part.

anyway..congrats on the weight loss so far. keep up the good work. :-)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on decreasing your "mushiness" factor!

Georgia Snail said...

Great job decreasing the "mushy" you are giving your wife and your girls a great gift!!!

Jess said...

Kids are too cute! Just think how happy they will be when they can give you a big bear hug and reach all the way around your waist!

JAllgood said...

Backhanded compliments...I never know how to handle them either. I got one the other day, and I just stood there speechless. Then finally said,"Thanks, I guess..."

Congrats on not being so "mushy"!! It's a good thing!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

as long as you continue getting the hugs, then everything else doesn't matter. Take it as a compliment, and congrats! I'm working on being less mushy too :)