Just had a random conversation with a guy in my office.
IT Guy says anxiously: You still have the “User Information: Read this while adjusting your chair” tag on your chair.
Me: ::looks:: Yeah, never took it off.
IT Guy: It makes it seem like you aren’t going to be staying with us.
Me: I suppose I could take it off.
IT Guy: Yes, please take it off.
Me: ::removes tag:: There, now I’m staying.
IT Guy: Good, much better.
This struck me as funny and as if I’m not the only one with abandonment issues.
1. Why didn’t I remove the tag? I do things like this all the time. I leave tags on, leave things in the package, keep things in pristine condition… when I don’t feel like they’re mine, they don’t belong to me, I think I’ll have to give them back, return them… when I feel like I won’t be around long enough to keep something. Or something won’t be around long enough to remain mine. I lack permanency. It’s like I subconsciously don’t want to get attached to the objects around me. Does anyone else do this?
2. That he found it important enough to mention. Someone else thinks about having me around and would like me to remain into the future. Otherwise the indicator that I was lacking permanency wouldn’t have bothered him. It’s a nice thought.