Our AC stopped working while I was on the road over the weekend.
Luckily a technician came out and got it back up and running the following morning– and they’ll be replacing some parts for the permanent fix this afternoon– but nonetheless, it happened.
Losing your AC at this point in the summer here in south central Texas isn’t unbearable, but it can be a little uncomfortable. And, as Murphy and his damned laws would have it, it happened while I was a good 5 1/2 hours from home. I don’t care about being uncomfortable, but I like my wife and my 10 month old son to be comfortable. And, other than get the AC company on the phone, there wasn’t much I could do for them other than apologize. I hate it when I feel helpless in a situation that is affecting the ones that I love.
Yes, I know that people have lived in this part of the world without air conditioning since the first humans wandered over here. Yes, I know that a lot of people do without it because they can’t afford a luxury like that.
But, we live in an era where such conveniences are available, and both my wife and I work, so we’re able to refrigerate our air here at home.
I like knowing that my family is taken care of while I’m away– even if by machines that do nothing other than operate as they were designed to operate.
You’ve got to learn how to take adversity in stride when you’re gone– which is quite often in my line of work. It also helps when you have someone cool and levelheaded holding down the fort while you’re away, as my wife is.
Things like this happen. They are minor and they are fixable.
They’re not easy to handle from afar, but it sure does help when you have someone by your side– even in the figurative sense, since I was on the road– who doesn’t hold your distance against you in the moment.
People like me don’t get to do what we do without supportive people at home– and I’m thankful for that with every waking breath.
time: 3:13 pm
date: Wednesday June 4
place: home, New Braunfels, TX
words: 367 (sorry Hooper)
300//\\365//\\300 is a writing exercise– 300 entries over 365 days, each no longer than 300 words (I’m not so hot at sticking to the last part).