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Meredith Atkins

Meredith on Episode 6: Can’t Leave My House

If something was going to go wrong, it went wrong this week.  We all have had days like these, I’m sure, from time to time.

It all started when Sinbad returned home after being on the road and all he wants to do is sleep.  This sounds simple enough, but due to a lack of communication it turns out sleep is the last thing he is going to get.

He’d forgotten he scheduled work to be done at the house and the plumbing problems in the guesthouse keep him and Royce at it all day. I wasn’t there, but I know it was a battle of minds between the generations.  If only I could have been a fly on the wall.

Meanwhile, Paige and I go to a meeting where I get a little frustrated with Paige for insulting my business cards.  Now, I realize she was joking, but I just didn’t think it was the time, nor the place. And, who cares what my business cards look like.  They were inexpensive, yes, but not the perforated ones, as Paige mentioned. They are basic business cards; simple and to the point and with all the pertinent information.  Done.

So now, I’m irritated with Paige.  She doesn’t get it and she gets irritated with me.  While all this is going on, I get a call from a friend of mine who is a Director with Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat for humanity is one of the world’s largest organizations addressing the issues of housing families in need.  They purchase homes, renovate them with the help of volunteers and sell them to low-income families with a mortgage they can afford to pay.  They needed help finishing one of their homes and asked if Paige and I were available.  In my mind, I think, why not. What a great way to spend the day.  Paige is very philanthropic.  She volunteers on a regular basis for various organizations, so I’m thinking, she would definitely be onboard and I signed us both up.

It turns out, Paige’s excitement about the idea of volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, was overshadowed by the fact that I committed her time without consulting her first.  Let me pause here and suggest that we all take a moment of silence while I reflect on how ridiculous that sounds!  Personal note:  Never commit your grown child to anything without consulting with them first….

After all said and done, however, we did work it out.   By the time we arrived at the site, the clouds had lifted.  We put our differences aside and saw the greater good.  Having the opportunity to give our time to help somebody else was amazing.  We put up kitchen cabinets, doors, painted and help install a sprinkler system.  It was a perfect way to end the day.