Mom: “Ray, the least you could do is…”
Dad: “The least I could do is nothing.”
I often heard this dialogue between my parents when I was young. My mother would express displeasure about something that my father did/didn’t do. She would express a desire for a little more effort (usually in the form of some small gesture).
“Ray, the least you could do is…”
His response was always the same.
“The least I can do is nothing.”
It was my earliest introduction to my Dad’s personality.
It was sarcastic.
It annoyed my mother to no end.
And to a 10-year old weened on comedy, it was incredibly funny.
I was always looking for ways to inject the phrase into conversations. I even tried to mimic my Dad’s delivery, down to the smirk, head tilt and raised eyebrow.
As an adult, I would learn 2 things:
- No one I dated would ever find it humorous/clever and no amount of nodding and winking would save me
- The Least You Can Do is a powerful concept when used for good
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