Lone Ranger

I have a friend named Skeeter. She is always running in 27 different directions, taking her 2 kids here, there, and everywhere for different activities. She recently got a new car and I haven't totally adjusted to "spotting" her around town, but she always honks and waves!! I realized that she had called a few weeks ago and never called her back, so I immediately picked up the phone and called her. She was exclaiming as to her busy-ness and asked me, "Do you ever feel like you have to do everything on your own? Sometimes I feel like I'm the Lone Ranger!!" Welcome to my world, Skeeter!! Had I not been chewing a bite of my sandwich I probably would have burst out laughing. When I was done with my sandwich, I went to "chewing" on what she said. She's been married for 17 years, but he works out of town and is rarely home, and apparently when he is home he's not much fun to be around. She's commented before that, a lot of the time, she feels like a "single mom". To be honest, I'd rather be in my position of "independent", rather than married and alone. I do feel really bad for her in that regard. So to answer her, yes. I have to do everything on my own!! I've learned the hard way that asking for help can be very "dangerous". Most men are horrible about this, rescuing the damsel in distress, because then she'll owe him. It's the ones that say, "awe, you don't owe me anything, I'm just glad I can help...", that are the worst. They are the ones that end up costing you the most. There's no such thing as free help (from a man). I've had to learn all kinds of solutions, for day to day maintenance and "fix its" around our place. But if there is something that I just can't do, physically, maybe it's a two-man job, or if it's something I don't know how to do, or just don't have the tools or time, I will have to get some help. But I've learned that paying cash upfront, usually ends up costing me less than owing for it later. I suppose I may be a Lone Ranger, but it's always an adventure!!


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