That’s Going in the Quote Book: #17

The newest in an ongoing series of Quotes I’ve collected. To see previous posts in the series, click here.

One of the cardinal rules when I was growing up was this: don’t leave anything valuable lying in the car in plain sight. And it’s a good rule. Smash-and-grabs are a thing. But my parent used to take it to a ridiculous degree, freaking out if so much as a dime was left lying in a cup holder.

Plus, we drove shit cars, like the ol’ Cherry Beach Express, here. I kinda doubt anyone was checking them out for potential millions.

Regardless of how over-the-top my parents may have been, though, I have continued the practice of making sure anything of value in my vehicle is hidden. It’s earned me some funny looks from friends over the years, to which I’ve always told them, “Why tempt fate?”

So it was nice to discover that Ron shares the same mentality as I do.

Not too long after we met, he was packing his truck for a week at the camp. From hunting and camping gear, to food and booze, it was a lot of stuff – most of it both of the high-theft variety and the exact kinds of things you really, really, really don’t want stolen.

I watched him as he packed, impressed with the way he stashed everything safely, securely, and out-of-sight. Eventually I just had to comment on how well-hidden things were. I’m not sure if he thought I was rolling my eyes at him the way friends sometimes roll their eyes at me, but if he did, his response was way more clever than my rather mundane, “Why tempt fate?” Instead, he said something that I immediately adopted as my own:

What the eyes don’t see, the heart don’t long for.

It seems rather ironic, stealing a quote about preventing things being stolen …

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