The above mentioned are standard gifts for Mother's Day: a necessary commercial holiday.
During Walnut and Peanut's birthday party (the day before Mother's Day), Bob and I experienced our "Oh Crap! What the hell is wrong with the hot water tank?" panic episode. Being a little naive about some of the homeowner necessities, I figured that we would call someone and 'POOF' with the wave of a magic wrench it would be fixed.
However, early on Mother's Day morning the noises coming from the basement sounded as if they were straight out of an episode of Scooby-Doo! Bob had plans for the day but showering and hot water took precedence over our celebration.
We traveled to Lowe's with our children in tow. Walnut and Peanut literally played with every faucet and toilet in the plumbing department before we ordered what we thought would be the solution to our problem. We were patient. We purchased, scheduled and anticipated the arrival of the miracle tank.
We were dead wrong...
The contracted plumber from Lowe's arrived on the scene at approximately 11:00 a.m. with said hot water tank, took one look at our system and said, "This isn't going to work." By the way, Bob and I weren't home. My father-in-law was kind enough to meet the plumber so that Bob could meet his out-of-town obligation and I could prepare my students for their AP exam only two short days later. And, so, the text messages and phone calls began.
The last text message I received was a four digit number and the words "includes labor." WOW!
My heart dropped. I couldn't believe it. I called my father-in-law, got the skinny on the situation and came to grips with the reality of homeownership and the beauty of modern appliances. I called Bob and we commiserated for a while.
For Mother's Day 2011 I received the most wonderful hot water tank that any mother has ever received.
Author Note: I did receive several FANTASTIC Mother's Day gifts. My husband and children amaze me.