There are at least two of my readers, alas extremely close to me, who are likely to convey a Tamil proverb to me – “வேலை இல்லாத நாவிதன் பூனையை பிடிச்சு சரைப்பானாம்.” Translated, “A barber without clients will catch hold of a cat and shave it.” Read on to find out why!
“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it , than we do from learning the answer itself.”
~ Lord Alexander – British Politician & Barrister
The latest doctor’s prescription for my shoulder problem includes taking half a tablet twice a day, of a particularly strong medicine.
I have been having some problems breaking the tablet despite it having a dividing line because of my ulnar palsy in my right hand. And I am most uncomfortable when I cannot cut the pill exactly into two halves and one bit is larger than the other. Then in a flash I suddenly remembered that I had procured a tablet cutter for my late father to whom too a half tablet had been prescribed for something or the other during his prolonged illness.
Having decided to search for the cutter I started from the most obvious place, the drawer in which various first aid medicines/requirements are kept and not finding it there, I started the search in earnest.
I found many other things that I had forgotten all about hidden away in places that I normally do not access, most of which had to be just junked and some that I was amazed to find available for use or for gifting to people who will appreciate them. It took me fifty minutes of searching before I found the cutter, but those fifty minutes were very rewarding for all the other stuff that I did find. And rewarding too for the space for storage that I have now created by junking a lot of stuff!
So, the idea for this blog post popped up and I went looking for the quotation from Lord Alexander cited above, which would have described the exact experience and that took me another thirty minutes to locate.
And yes, just as the quote observes, I did not find the solution I was looking for because the cutter is for a round pill whereas the pill that I take is oblong! I did however find many other interesting things and quotes for future use. I had just forgotten where to look for what!