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After we bought the house we had to make it our own. My husband opened Yellow pages and called the contractor that had the least flashy ad and name. I could share with you the theory behind how to choose who to hire, but I will spare you; for now.
That is how we met Michael. He is young, creative and hard working. Also easy on the eye. The last criteria appealed to me and my husband is confident enough not to mind. Little J was going through his Bob the builder stage and adored Michael. So months later he still remembers him, the man that build our back porch and saved his toy when it fell under the deck.
Michael also came up with a great gate to close off our front porch. This was meant to prevent Big M from wandering. We did learn after he installed it our dog is not only a size of a pony, he can clear fences like one too. Never the less, it’s a great gate:
The other day we were on our daily dog walk around the neighborhood when Michael noticed us. He was about to visit the neighbors and give them a quote for a new fence. As he was catching up with Little J an older lady he was coming to see joined us. Great thing about elderly is they are straight forward. She looked at me and asked how I know Michael. A little part of me wished I was bolder and responded with something outrageous, but I said we hired him to build a porch. She asked if we are happy with it and I not only told her we are, but offered her to come and see it. Then I felt a bit smug for being so good at paying it forward.
Little J jumps in and says: “Michael made the gate too Mama. The one that fell on me and hurt me so bad.”
This is indeed correct. But that is because someone forgot to secure it and Little J climbed on it, after repeatedly being told not to. And for the record, not a scratch on the kid.
I ignored it and hoped the lady’s hearing aid was switched off.
Little J continued: “Mrs. A has a gate too, but hers never falls on me and hurts me. I like Mrs. A gate so much better.”
This too is correct. Our neighbor Mrs. A has the same breed dog that they wish to contain on their front porch. In fact her gate inspired ours. But Michael build us a better, more user friendly version; even Mrs. A will agree.
There was no stopping my kid. He was determined to kill this deal for Michael. I made a quick escape. The lady never came to check our deck. We passed by her house today and her fence is still broken. I think we might have to come up with a new project for Michael to do this summer. To redeem ourselves.
And if you need anything done to your home please let me know. My son knows a great contractor.