Paul and Seabell have the same love for traveling and a few other things in common. For the rest, they are like water and oil. Yet, they live together, along with an army of differences on the background.
Let’s talk about a few! 1) Reading: Paul reads the news. Seabell reads books. 2) TV: Paul likes news channels, paparazzi and variety shows. Seabell watches movies and some contests. 3) Eating: Paul loves cooked food. Seabell prefers fresh uncooked food, like salad and fruit. 4) Politics: Paul is eminently political. Seabell is more a free spirit. Even if she supported a party, she would never think on party terms but on her own terms. 5) Sleeping: Paul sleeps with the chickens. Seabell sleeps with the early morning birds. And the list could go on and on…
All above differences, and a few others left untold, are peanuts for Seabell. For her, the strange duck is Paul’s buyer behavior. That is a terrible difference, because Paul is a compulsive buyer and Seabell feels like asphyxiating in the middle of unwanted rubbish! The list of Paul’s favorite stuff is long: pens, watches, wood statues, pans, glasses, knifes, all kind of kitchen gadgets, various decorative items, etc.
Seabell has been wondering why does Paul rush to buy unnecessary objects. They seem to make Paul happy and Seabell miserable. Every year, she has to give or throw away a great part of them. She knows that her dissatisfaction has to do with esthetical aspects: she likes to live in a minimal environment. One day TD started to point: “This was brought by Paul, by Paul, by Paul…” At the end, in an entire room, only some books and the curtains were Seabell acquisition.
She complains from time to time. Paul’s reaction? “Cut the drama, Seabell! This is just a simple pan. We can always use another one!”
“A simple pan which we don’t need is going to “sleep” during years in some corner without use… Why is Paul like that?” she asks herself.
Actually, Seabell thinks that this matter underlines two strong opposite aspects of both personalities: Paul is impulsive and she is reflective. It could be just another difference, but Seabell is afraid that one day she is going to drown in a sea of objects!