July 17, 2003
Fixed and Broken

The replacement part for the clothes washer arrived yesterday and I installed it. Soon the washer was humming along, continuing the endless loads of laundry.

Recently I've fixed several things around the house. It seems that summer tends to be the season for repairs. I always feel good about fixing things.

Unfortunately there are some things I can't fix. Engineering training does not do much when it comes to helping people through the real problems of life.

Michele and her mother have been fighting lately. I can't even put my finger on the exact reason why. Issues both old and new, added to the stress of Lisa's (sister/daughter) wedding are wreaking havoc. The details aren't important, it's the effects the worry me. The pain, tears, and anger on both sides are going to leave a mark. And there's not much I can do to fix it.

The worst thing about it is that the bond between Michele and her mother is so strong, that it makes this kinda thing even worse. When times are good, they are like to two peas in a pod, happy and giddy to be together. That closeness is making this dispute even more damaging and hurtful.

All I can hope is that the love wins out over the anger soon rather than later. I know it will be resolved eventually, but for my own sanity, I hope it's soon.

Posted by michael at July 17, 2003 09:49 AM