Meet Tim. Tim works for Laclede Gas. We called Laclede today to investigate a gas odor we discovered when we came home today. Tim to the rescue! Not only did he find the source of the leak (a $98 present left behind by melonhead Mr. Radiator, who left the gas turned on to the non-lit pilot light!), Tim actually TURNED ON THE BOILER FOR US. Oh yes he did. As I type, my fingers are in the process of defrosting. It’s a beautiful thing.
He was so great, so unassuming, so not trying to take advantage of us. He went beyond doing his job (figuring out the gas leak) and instead fixed everything. He told us we should be able to get another year out of the boiler, but that, of course, something could always happen (we’d know if there’s a leak if we go downstairs and see a bunch of water on the floor). Sounded like a fair warning, and a good plan.
We tried to pay him, but he wouldn’t take anything from us. We finally forced him to take $1 in quarters for a Diet Coke at the QT down the street. We told him he just restored the two years of my life that Mr. Radiator took away yesterday. We told him if we ever have a boy, we will name him Tim (kidding – we didn’t say that, but if we do ever have a boy, not only would it be a major surprise, but we really might name him Tim just in honor of tonight).
So, here we are: warming up, developing a plan to save up for a new boiler for next year, feeling the tension leaving my shoulders right now. Blessings.
Thanks for praying, as so many of you told us you were. The man pictured above is your answer…and ours.