|Pineapple flavored pretzels...no we did not buy any.|
Today is Election Day and much of our County is shut down for voting. I hired a carpet cleaning company (for the first time in many years as I usually do it on my own) to come clean some area rugs and a few wall-to-wall carpets and they scheduled this day! I forgot to ask the two huge black men who came if they had found time to vote. I swear one was football build and about 6.5 feet tall with lovely dreadlocks falling onto this shoulders. They could have moved all the furniture without a sigh. They had to be Blue voters!
Anyway, this post is not about them or about how the house smells a little like a dog caught in the rain right now.
I had not slept well last night worrying about not getting the furniture moved before they arrived. I should have played the helpless gray-haired lady, because they came a half hour late and I was exhausted. Once they left I ate a quick lunch and turned on fans in the rooms to help with the drying and retreated to my bedroom where the carpets were dry and soon I felt sleepy and had drifted into a deep restful sleep.
After a half hour, the phone rang and I put the pillow over my head and ignored it. Then ten minutes later the doorbell rang. I had not closed our gate and wondered if the carpet cleaners had forgotten something so I gave up on the nap.
I opened the door to find a thin white teenage boy standing near his bike in the driveway. When I ask if I could help him he explained he was looking for some type of work (like laying sod? he suggested) so that he could make some money. His explanation was that his mother told him to get some money to get some food for the house. He worked this into the conversation a couple of times.
I am an old fart but not a soft fart and for some reason I was leery of just handing him some money. I told him it was late fall and we had no yard work to do and all the wood for the rack had been split and filled, as it had. I asked for his name and number and he handed my a torn piece of paper onto which he had written Clyde and a phone number. When I asked where he lived he said it was down our main road and into another, etc. about a mile from here.
I told him I would ask my husband if he had any chores to be done and bid him adieu. Maybe he was really looking for work for food. We are always taking fresh produce to the food pantry, although there is nothing fresh this late in the fall. I doubt we will have something for him...and I am not sure that I feel safe in helping him.
As an addendum he did pull out a small box with a heart-shaped necklace that he said his mother would let him sell for half price. There was a sticker with $100 in the bottom corner.
Am I just a cynic? What would you do?