“Do you think you should go to bed?” I asked Mike. He had been traveling for several days and was running on minimal sleep.
“I want to try to stay awake for awhile,” he said.
“Okay. Well, you could fix the shower in the bathroom while I take the dog on a walk,” I suggested. “It hasn’t been working for a while, so the kids are using the basement shower.”
“In my present state of sleep deprivation, I don’t trust myself to work on something like plumbing,” he said. Seeing the wisdom in that, I nodded and grabbed the dog leash.
“That makes sense,” I said as I headed out the door. “Just relax and hang out with the boys,” I called over my shoulder as Arrow drug me across the front yard and toward the sidewalk. Arrow gets excited about walks like Elf gets excited about Santa. It took a lot of walking, but, finally, the muggy air added to the blocks walked and equaled a tired dog. By the time we returned to our house Arrow was panting and walking at a reasonable trot instead of his usual lightening gallop.
“Mom,” Drake said unusually serious as I opened the front door and walked inside, “Dad decided he wanted to replace our thermostat, so we went to Lowe’s and bought a new one. He took out our old one but couldn’t get the new one working, and now we don’t have air conditioning.”
“What?” I asked. “It’s supposed to be 100 degrees tomorrow!”
“It’s true,” Mike said joining us by the front door. “I broke our air conditioning, and I want to say right off that I am sorry. I think this happened because I’m too tired to be working on home projects.”
“So,” I said, rubbing my forehead, “let me see if I’ve got this right. You knew you were too sleep deprived to work on the already broken and not being used plumbing, so, instead, you worked on the air conditioning that was in great condition and highly necessary and now it’s broken?”
“When you say it like that, it doesn’t sound good,” Mike smiled crookedly.
It’s a good thing I like hot weather. And crooked smiles.