Handy Man to Have Around

Slice of Life Daily Writing Challenge – March 24, 2021

Last year at this time my son came home for what was supposed to be an extended spring break. It turned into a much longer than expected extended spring break. Five months to be exact. We adjusted to having our empty nest not so empty, but honestly, I treasured our time together.

Before coming home Tim had landed just a part-time position at a pizza place close to campus and was happy to be making some extra money on the weekends. Unfortunately, the fast fired pizza place became a casualty of COVID and he would no longer have a job when he returned for the fall semester.

We worried about how he might contribute towards the college expenses without having a job once he returned to school. We were also concerned about him having a job during a pandemic too. He signed up to deliver for Door Dash in the meantime and was eventually employed by Fed Ex, both high demand opportunities that kept some cash coming in. What would he do back at school we wondered.

Fortunately, in great standing with his landlord, Tim and his roommates were hired to help paint properties before students arrived back to campus and moved into rentals. Their lease started in August, so it gave them an entire month to work. The month turned into continued employment for the school year.

We became empty-nesters again and began a family room remodeling project. My husband and I laughed our way through it all, never quite having the right tools or the talent for most of what the project required. Luckily, we have a very skillful friend who handled the big things and advised on the rest. At one point I was tempted to ask my son to come home and help me paint, but once I got in the groove I enjoyed myself. Pleased with the results in the family room, I moved onto the guest room next, which led to the living room that has needed some attention for too long.

Tim is home from another spring break this week. An accomplished painter (of college rentals), he offered to help me paint today and I accepted. However, once I did, I became slightly concerned because it’s our living room and not some random college rental, but I’m also a little tired of painting lately and gladly welcomed the help. I did the cutting around all the windows, doors, and trim. He’s out there doing the rolling right now. My handyman has come in handy!

Published by Patty Nault

Retired elementary teacher with a passion for reading, writing, and living a life full of curiosity. "Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder." -E.B. White

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