Today’s post comes from Sherrilee
Two weeks ago I received a box from Centerpoint Energy with a couple of new shower heads. It took me a little bit to remember that they had been offered to me several months ago as an energy-saving strategy. Being free, I jumped at the offer but then promptly forgot about it until the box showed up.
I’m fairly handy and all self-taught. I’ve sanded a wood floor, replaced a sash window, changed out electrical outlets and even installed new faucets in the bathroom. I do know my limits – no serious plumbing, no building of anything, no anything that requires I get farther than 5-6 feet off the ground.
So when I got the new shower heads, I thought “I can do this”. Then I thought about having to find the right wrench, the plumber’s tape and most importantly, the time! I shoved the box to the back of the counter, figuring I might get to it over the weekend or the next.
Last night when I got home and was feeding all the beasts, out of the corner of my eye I noticed the crescent wrench sitting on the counter. And one of the shower heads was gone from the box. I wandered upstairs and saw that the new shower head was installed in the shower, complete with new plumbing tape. Since I was pretty sure that nobody broke into the house to change my shower head, the only solution was that Young Adult had done the installation. Here is our conversation when she got home:
YA: Did you see that I put on the new shower head?
VS: Yep. Why did you do it?
YA: Because you weren’t getting around to it.
VS: How did you know which wrench to use?
YA: I don’t know – I just chose a wrench.
VS: How did you know to use the plumbing tape?
YA: I don’t know – I just used it.
VS: How did you know where the tape was kept?
YA: (Now rolling her eyes). It’s in the bathroom drawer; I see it every time I open it.
I guess maybe she has been paying attention all these years. If you had asked me yesterday I would have said she didn’t even know where the wrenches were or that she even knew that plumbing tape existed. Guess the apple didn’t fall that far from the tree after all!
What skill/talent would you like to pass down?