Just as I got home, my mom called to tell me the sink was leaking again. She wanted me to ask our neighbor, who is also our plumber, if he could come over and fix it. I crossed the street to find him with his head poked inside the back of his truck while his kids, Kid and Kid Brother, ran around the yard.
“Hey, Matt… so, our sink is broken and leaking. Could you come over and fix it?”
“Again?! Goddammit! They’ve been breaking throughout the valley!” he yelled not at me specifically as he pulled his head out of the back of the truck.
“Oh. Bummer. Like, the piece itself?” I asked. By his tone, it was clear now was a bad time.
“Yeah. The damn manufacturer used cheap shit and they’re breaking after 6 months!”
“Oh dear,” I said, unsure of what the right response was. “Well…whenever you have the time, we’d appreciate it if you could swing by.”
“I’ll be over in a minute. I just have to find my damn wrench…”
“In the meantime, you should go into the crawlspace and turn off the water!” he called out from halfway back inside the truck.
“Will do!” I said.
As I walked back to my house, KidBrother followed after me. He wanted to find the cat, Sheba, who hated him and who’d scratched him earlier in the year. He wasn’t phased by that, and in fact talked about it like a badge of honor. “Where Sheba?” he asked when he toddled in the door.