Home and Horror Series Part 3: Water, Acceptance and Turtles, Oh My

My house it is acting out right now.

Not Amityville Horror type acting out. Because well, that was a movie. And an old movie at that.

Havoc is being wreaked on the place where I find my comfort—my safe place. There are no spirits trying to run us out of our house. But there is the dreaded “W” word haunting us.

W  A  T  E  R

We have lived in our home for almost 10 years and at some time or another there has been a water leak. I’m just plain sick and tired of it. Not counting the dollars poured into finding our most recent water leak, the water leaves a musty smell in the air that I don’t like. Yuck!!

Last Sunday, Lamar and I spent a water soaked afternoon in the rain trying to find the source of our latest nemesis–water slipping into the house through a small “invisible” trickle somewhere in front.

When I look back on it, it was so silly. I got one of my favorite tops soaked and nearly ruined out in that rain. We had a big fuss ordering each other around in the downpour and didn’t really resolve anything. What a waste of time!

But this is not a story about rain or water. It’s one about acceptance. Fast forward a week later and the water issue is far from my mind and far from resolved.

“It’s probably gonna rain again before we can get the repair guy out here later this week. Oh well,” I told Lamar. And I really meant it. I’m not happy about the water, I’m just over it.

Will it cost us a bit of money to find and repair that invisible water? Yes. But, I’m not gonna waste any more time and effort worrying about it and the damage it is causing.

I’m not a worrier by nature, but I am a fixer. And sometimes I waste too much time and effort trying to fix things that usually work themselves out.

Not today. I’m stopping myself cold. I’m gonna go eat some hot wings and treat myself to some Turtles—the candy, not the amphibian. When the rain comes tomorrow, I’ll dry it up again and move on.

Is there something you are trying to fix that you need to let be? It might be something bigger than water, but it doesn’t matter. The moment you let go of something and just accept it. That’s when the opportunity seems to come for real “fixing.”

I say stop fixing and have a Turtle instead.

Lamar said he is not over the water. I think I’d better share some of my Turtles. They seem to be working well for me today.


  1. Anonymous
    • October 15, 2017
    • 10:07 am
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    Lovely story. Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today!..

    • Sabrina
      • November 1, 2017
      • 7:52 am
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      Yes, I agree.

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