The Grass May be Greener, But You Still Have to Mow
There are some very specific times that I wish I was not single. For instance, when something is wrong with the house or a pet. Or yesterday when there was a woodpecker in the dryer vent pecking on the metal and reverberating through the house. I was terrified. I thought it was going to come through the pipe and kill us all. Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but it was scary. I couldn’t even think of what I was going to do if it was in the house.
So first, I made my 8 year old turn on the dryer to hopefully get it out. Then I made my 10 year old, who wants to be a vet, go outside and take the dryer vent covering off to see if there was anything in there and guess what? There was lint and the makings of a nest. Yuck. So she dug that out and I pounded on the house, but my best guess is that it flew out when the dryer came on. I need a new covering that has a flap because mine doesn’t have that and it’s wide open underneath.
We had a dog that died a few years ago when I was still married, and I can’t even tell you how thankful I was to have had the monkey take care of that. The puppy drowned in our pool and while I’m sure I could have dealt with it, I’m so thankful I didn’t have to. There was a dead mouse in my kitchen one day and the girls yelled “call Daddy” and I said, “no, we can handle this”. Because I don’t want them to think they need someone else to take care of them. I shrieked a lot, but I did get that mouse outside to the trash. I know I CAN do it alone, I just wish I didn’t have to all the time.
Another time I wish I was not single: any kind of church event. I do realize I’m not the only single person on the planet, but sometimes I really feel like it. This last Sunday I started Financial Peace University at our church, and I seriously felt like I was the only non-couple. I think there might have been one other, but she was older and probably widowed. I’m the “D” word. Then there was a meeting about fundraising for Shelby’s mission trip. Again, not only was I the only single one there, I was the only one that didn’t bring my daughter because I had been there all day and she went Saturday night.
Now, I know there are married people that wish more than anything that they were single and I’m sure it’s a “grass is always greener” thing, but there really are times I wish I had a partner to help with a lot of the things that go into our day-to-day lives. However, with a blended family there are new stresses that I’m not willing to deal with right now, if ever. I would like some kind of handyman that will come over and help me when I have a woodpecker stuck in my house though. Is that too much to ask?