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We Paid Him

by Michelle Panik

Three hundred and eighty-five dollars, cash, for work we knew how to do but didn't want to do. A baseboard has to be flush on the floor, flush against the wall, and its edges squared-off. Then there’s the matter of nails, nail-hole filler, and paint. And of course the back pain, sore knees, and the fact that baseboards never sit flush against any damn surface. My husband and I had tried; we had worked all Saturday and Sunday, but when it was Sunday night and we’d only finished two bedrooms, we quit and turned on the Seahawks game, deciding to call a handyman tomorrow. Our marriage and our home were new, but it wasn’t that we were expecting perfection in our baseboards; it was just that although we both worked too much we always watched the Seahawks together, and weren’t going to start making concessions, six months after our wedding.

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Michelle Panik, author of Heat Wave, lives in sunny San Diego with her husband.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is true to life. Isn't nice to have someone to share all those moments. Wheter thry're special or not.

Jeanette Cheezum

Anonymous said...

Love this.

patrick said...

I love it and agree... nothing stops for football.

Anonymous said...

Amazing what can be packed into 6 sentences. Especially someone who does not read. Love this site and the story. Yes 6 sentences do quality for a story. So who won the game????

Mark Panik said...

Another great story in six sentences.

Anonymous said...

A fantastic piece! Very true to life :)

Madam Z said...

Baseboards should be outlawed.

Lily said...

My husband and I are of the generation that did baseboards and things like it because we thought we had to -- and we missed a lot of fun (like Seahawks games) along the way. I applaud the author and her husband for their outlook on life; it will serve them well! They'll have a lot of memories to look back on, and isn't that what life should be all about?