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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Old Carpenter

The carpenter whom I hired to build a built-in closet in our bedroom messed up with the measurements. Well, what could I expect, he's already old, 76 years old and his vision is not that clear. I should have terminated him on the second day but my compassion for him prevailed. Besides I didn't know other carpenter in our place. The first carpenter that I talked to and agreed to build my closet had hurt his hand so he can't work. His dad recommended that old carpenter and when I've seen him I was already wondering if he can build a closet because he was skinny and old. He was even bragging that he can build a nice closet with secret shelf to hide money, jewelry or a gun. I thought I should give him a chance to prove himself. I thought he was a good carpenter but I was wrong. He was so slow and his measurements were not accurate. He messed up many times with his measurements because he easily forgets.. I told him that he should have wrote down the measurements in a piece of paper so he wont forget. I also told him that my youngest brother has volunteered to build it but I said I will hire a skilled carpenter so there would be no mistake but look what I hired!

He was able to form the closet on the 6th day but when he let it stand so he can nail it on the wall, he can't make it stand because it reached up until the ceiling. My hubby and 2 brothers were there to help but it won't stand. Holy guacamole! The carpenter wanted to cut the bottom of the closet so it will stand but hubby said to stop him. Enough is enough. My 2 brothers were the ones criticizing his work and told him his mistake. They told him that he's been working on it for 6 days but he wasn't able to make it stand. It's a good thing I kept my cool and held my temper. I didn't say harsh words to embarrass him. I just told him that my brother will be the one to fix it whatever mistake he has made. I gave him his pay and sent him home. Hubby asked me why I didn't flare up. He knew me that if I don't like the outcome, I easily lose my temper. I said if I did flare up and said nasty words to him, I would be talk of the town now. I didn't let the enemy get an edge and I thank God for helping me control my temper.

My brother and hubby had been fixing all the mistakes done by the old carpenter. Hopefully by tomorrow, the retouching and sanding will be done so it would be ready to be painted.

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