The toast is burning, the kids are playing with their breakfast, and the faucet is leaking. And I have to get dressed for work before I load the two kids in the car and drop them off to school. It doesn’t happen every day, but when it does, the day is just beginning and it feels like it’s already been a long day. The kids I can take care of, it takes some getting used to. The burnt toast, well, I can always pop in another slice of bread in the toaster, but a leaking faucet is something else. Sure, I can shut off the valve, but the problem would still be there when I get back from work. This is the challenge that a single parent like myself have to deal with, with difficulty. There is always a trade-off; to take hours off from work so I can be around when the plumber, carpenter, or electrician comes to the house or I do the repairs myself and pray that it does not get worse.
The local hardware store is a frequent haunt for me, when I shop for tools or decors, whatever occasion takes me there. In my locality, Sullivan Hardware & Garden is the go-to hardware store for me. It practically has everything, and despite having the latest tools and accessories for the home, it has retained its old-world feel because of their excellent service. Having been in the business since 1954, they still offer the same help to customers then as they do now. Their staff are trained to know the answers to frequently asked questions and the remedy for the common home repairs. They also give advice as to the risk of doing some of the repairs when these are better left to the professionals.
Imagine my glee when I found out that they have their hardware store online. Another problem solved for busy single mothers like me. I shop for tools online as it eliminates the problem of having enough time to do everything else. And when seasons change and another holiday approaches, I simply browse through the website of my favorite local hardware store and bookmark the things I want. Of course, there are stuff that requires a personal visit to the store, like furniture and paint, but on the overall, it is a big help to just order online.
Being a single parent is not always a roller coaster ride of challenges on the domestic front. There is an upside to it, because I had to, I learned a few things about household repairs and remedies. Now I don’t panic nor feel helpless each time something breaks down. If anything, I managed to get things done much faster because to a single parent like me, suffering is optional. Why put off for tomorrow what you can do today?
If a handyman is not available, no problem, there’s the local hardware store that offers practically everything you need for a safer home, but also offers the convenience of their online shop where shopping for tools is made easy.
Now, I don’t panic. I just fix it. Whatever it is that needs fixing.