Monday, April 20, 2015

Recovery & Consternation

Dear John,
My temp was 99 this morning so I went to work. I felt bad in the morning, but as the day went on my temperature dropped and I felt much better. I came home tonight at 97.0 and feeling like my normal self. I believe it was just a strange virus. Margaret did the same thing at the same time - temperature between 101 and 102 for four days, no other symptoms. It's the strangest virus I've every heard of. I'm glad it's gone.
I am causing gender-specific consternation at work. It has to do, of course, with the water heater. I'm  looking forward to installing the new one. All the men say there's nothing hard about it and of course I can do it.. All the women are terrified at the thought of me connecting an appliance to a gas line. It doesn't seem to matter that I've done that before and I've had gas appliances all my life.
I was thinking about all the things I've done that I was told could only be done by a professional. Mama said only professionals could paint and hang wallpaper. Most people didn't think I could change faucets or plumb a sink. Nobody but you thought I could change the light fixtures and put up the porch railing. Some people even thought I couldn't change the hardware on the kitchen cabinets. Oh, and there's my thing for taking the top and/or front off the piano and fixing the pedals or hinges. And there's rewiring lamps, and putting furniture together (or taking it apart), and hauling bookcases up and down the basement stairs, and hooking up the entertainment system, setting up the wireless router, and goodness knows what else.
And you know what? None of it was difficult and all of it was fun. I am my mother's daughter. Daddy believed in hiring professionals; Mama and I didn't see why they should have all the fun. I don't believe I remembered to tell you this: When the new furnace was installed, I was offered a job to train as an HVAC technician. See, somebody out there think I can do this stuff.
Anyway, I caused female consternation today. I've probably done that before and will doubtless do it again. Mama would install her own water heater and have a good time doing it. Since I have turned into my mother, I will do the same. I get to save money and have fun at the same time - what more can you ask?
Your independent, strong-minded, smart-mouthed wife,

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