One of the last duties of the day for Fr. P and I is to air out the dog and take a turn around the campus to make sure all is settled and that all the unnecessary lights are off. It kills me to have lights on when nobody is in the buildings. I'm afraid that I drive Fr. P crazy with my angst over a rogue burning light bulb.
I think that this tendency was cultivated by my father. He too would stomp through the house grousing about things such as, "Who left the lights on in the basement?!" Usually it was Mom. "Bill! I'm going right back down! It's better than turning the lights off and on all of the time."
Like all young people I was afraid of the dark for a spell and could not fall asleep unless there was a light on. We also did not have air conditioning so we used fans. But it drove my father to distraction to have them on all night long when were supposed to be unconscious sleeping so he, unable to sleep while the electric bill went up, would stay up and then sneak into our rooms and turn the lights and fan off.
Of course this only served to wake me up and I spent the night afraid and hot.
The years went by and I started donating to my parish. I was proud that with my first job I was able to give $5 a week or so. Especially when I looked at the totals from the last week and thought, "Wow, we collected $1,125 this week. If it had not been for my contribution it would have only been $1,120."
So when I see a light on that somebody forgot to turn off I have extreme guilt feelings about someone who sacrifices to put a little money in the Sunday basket. I think loathingly (is that a word?) about that sacrificed few dollars burning away for no reason and that the money could not go for something more constructive such as teacher's salaries or a repair around the grounds or anything that adds to the life of the parish.
So, yes, I think I drive people nuts occasionally. "Do you really need ALL these lights on?" But nothing is as disturbing to me as opening a door in the morning and finding all my work was for not; that a light had been on all night. I suffer.