We had some horrendous wind and rain, which led to some sleep deprivation in the M household last night.
Why gratitude, you ask? I’ll tell you…
When your barbecue cover somehow flies off into oblivion (despite it being bungee corded to both the deck and the BBQ), but your husband notices and rescues the barbecue of the balcony before it projectiles off as well.
When a chunk of your living room ceiling (that has never leaked before) caves in sometime in the wee hours of the morning, but does not hit your TV, other electronics or wedding photos. Also, that your husband is awake to clean up said chunk and the water that fell with it, put down buckets and call the rental office (who are coming today to survey the damage and do some repairs because apparently we aren’t the only ones who had that happen last night).
When the window you swore was leaking last year during one storm, but then the maintenance person came and looked at it and said it was fine and it never seemed to cause a problem again (until now) starts dripping like a sieve, but you have enough towels to sop it up and the landlord is conveniently already coming in the morning to tend to our other leak.
When you realize that all of this went down in one night and probably won’t again until the next storm where the wind and rain blow just right. At least you hope so. Preferably, you hope it never happens again.
When you realize a 330 in the morning all of these things happened and you slept through them because your husband is a superhero night-hawk.
When, at 330 in the morning, you and your husband can laugh about the fact, that we have never had problems with our apartment except for a broken drawer until RIGHT NOW.
When, at 330 in the morning, you and your husband realize that although we need to clean up the mess and protect the place from further damage, we are not responsible to fix it because that, my friends, is the beauty of renting. And with that, we high-fived our prolonged schooling and general lack of funds to own a house with its added responsibility.
When you see that it is kind of funny that I need to go drop off my signed lease sometime this week.
When you realize you have a home with heat that is mostly dry and things to protect and all of the things that many people don’t have.