It’s all relative (9/11/2023)

A week and a half ago a thunder- and rainstorm ripped through our town.

The roofing on the corner of the carport was lifted up and folded back.

I tried to make a repair while the wind was still blazing in an attempt to contain the damage. I didn’t help much and my wife was upset that I was outside and on the ladder in those circumstances. She was fearing for my safety, rightfully so because I was taking a risk.

That night I didn’t sleep well, maybe we would have to face costly repairs.

It was barely light the next morning when expected the damage. It wasn’t too bad and I managed to get the roofing on the carport back into shape.

From the house itself a few shingles were missing and I found most of them in the backyard. In my younger years I would have climbed on the roof without hesitation and put them back in place.

Now I wasn’t too sure if that was a good idea and I certainly didn’t what to upset my better half. I have to admit that I’m not as sturdy of my feet as I used to be.

On the other hand, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and have a professional come out for a simple twenty minute repair.

I decided to call a guy who had bought some tools from me, he seemed to be the do-it-yourself type of guy. I asked him if he was able and willing to do it for us. He didn’t hesitate and two days later he came over and got the job done. A few shingles had disappeared but Joseph said he had some at home and the next day he came over again to finish it up.

He was reluctant to ask for money although I had told him that I would pay him. He left with some cash and a carload of tools and materials. He was content, and so were we.

Sometimes I worry too much, that was certainly the case in this event. And it was unnecessary because the solution to the problem was so cheap and simple.

No lasting damage was done, no one got hurt and the cost won’t hurt us at all. I have to keep this in mind for next time.

Today is 9/11. I think about what happened on that faithful day. Missing a few shingles on the roof is less than a minor problem, worrying about it is ridiculous.

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