Friday, September 18, 2009

Quirks, Anyone?

Yesterday I was driving my daughter to an after school activity and we were behind a convertible. The top was down and the driver was bopping along to music we couldn't hear. The driver's thin hair shifted with the wind, revealing bald spots that seemed to widen with every gust.

My daughter: That driver's hair is annoying me.

Me: Why?

Her: The way it's going all over the place.

Me: Ah.

Her: We all have our little quirks.

The thing is, she's kind of type A and doesn't like any kind of chaos (even that involving hair). She would hate being in a convertible, the way she doesn't like a blustery day and her own hair goes every which way.

She also doesn't like when there are items in my cup holders. Paperclips, pennies, all those little bits and bobs that seem to accumulate. She's always cleaning out the cup holders for me. Well, for her.

She's right about the little quirks. Those pesky traits that really identify our personalities. Remember the scene in Sleeping With The Enemy when Mean Husband had to make sure the towels were aligned on the rack? Didn't that tell us everything we needed to know about his character? It's those little gems that make characters come to life, and when I observe them in others, I usually take a mental note to use in my books.

Some of my bigger quirks: I absolutely get frantic if the red light appears on my dashboard indicating I'm low on gas. I hate being low on gas. I hardly ever let me tank get below a 1/4 full. Not sure what this says about me, but there you have it.

I also have to have all the blinds closed as soon as it gets dark. Otherwise, I get the heebie jeebies that someone can see inside.

Quirky, right?

What are some of your more unusual quirks? But beware, I might just have to use it in a book one day...


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