It was a hot, hot summer day. I drove my Honda Accord 180 miles north on the interstate to visit a new acquaintance. We had a nice early dinner out on the town and went back to her pad. Her apartment was a three bedroom one bathroom dwelling with a chilly outdoor pool. She had two roommates, one I met the night of our first encounter.
We'd known each other about three weeks or so. Her place was furnished with some cute Ikea furniture and had a nice breeze blowing through the curtains. It was a cozy pad. They had a tiny galley kitchen with a fridge up against the wall. I noticed the swing on the fridge door was awkward. The hinges on the right side made it a touch awkward to remove mayo, beer, or whatever else you might want.
I decided I would do something about it. Why? Well because sometimes I think I'm more talented than I actually am. I figured I could easily move the hinges from the right side of the fridge to the left side of the lime green appliance. Twenty minutes into the project I discovered it would take much longer than the 60 minutes I promised this new lady friend of mine. I had become sweaty and cranky. I didn't know this person for more than three weeks and there I was dismantling her fridge door with nuts and bolts strewn on her kitchen floor as she watched patiently.
She humored me with idle chit chat. She helped me remain as level headed as possible. It turned out there was some fridge part missing which wouldn't allow my good deed to work at all. Four hours later I pieced the fridge door back together, put on the hinges, and closed the door. Did I also close the door to my relationship with my new lady friend? Did the door to the fridge close firmly as before? No and no.
This day I got to know someone like I've never known before. I learned a good discussion can be as rewarding as attempting to change the swing of a fridge door. I learned when someone can laugh at your brave attempt to perform an unnecessary good deed, you better keep them by your side. That I did. Of course this story is about Mrs. Lessinges and one of our first "dates". Today is her special day. Happy birthday to you!