Monday, August 10, 2015

I've Got This!

Dear John,
 
It's been a lovely day. Work was busy and the day went by quickly. I'm getting the hang of the ATM. It was hot and muggy until we had a thunderstorm this afternoon. Now the humidity has gone down and the wind is out of the north. So I've opened the windows, and the window sills are filled with cats.
 
I got a second roof estimate today - $1500 more than the first one. I know and trust the first guy. so half an hour after the second crew left, I decided to go with the first estimate. And, just then, Leon called me to follow up on his estimate. It seemed so divinely ordained that I had to laugh. So my choice is made and I'm scheduled for December or January. It feels so good to have that settled. I'm happy with my decision.
 
See what a big girl I am? I've hired a roofing company. And I've become comfortable making these big decisions. We made decisions together for so many years. But, as I've said before, Mama raised me to be independent and be able to take care of myself, and you would never have married me if I wasn't that way. So here I am, at my advanced old age, being independent and taking care of myself. And my roof, furnace, water heater, air conditioning, and goodness knows what else. And I'm comfortable with it.
 
I suppose it's part of the growth that widowhood requires. And yet, it isn't really anything new. I've always been this way. The way that I am just has more opportunities now. Tonight I'm a little bit proud of myself. And I know that you and Mama are, too. It's good to have my cheering section. Give Mama a hug for me tonight, and thank her for bringing me up to be this way. Thank you for wanting an independent, strong-minded, smart-mouthed woman. Thank you even more for still wanting that after thirty-four years with me!
 
Adore you,
Joan.

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