I’ve heard it said that the secret to success in life lies in just showing up. From which follows by operation of logic that just being there is almost as important.
A point which Abel has obviously grasped firmly:
“You spanked me last night,” I whined to Abel on the phone as he rode the train to work. “I was falling asleep. I had already fallen asleep! And you spanked me! Really hard! Why?”
“Well,” Abel said pensively. “You were there.”