Why is it that when an important appliance stops working in the house, it is usually while your spouse is deployed? Your handy, electrician-minded, plumber-going amazing spouse is gone and the wallet cannot afford the professional fix. This is when support spouses have to put on the super hero cape and save the day. I bet you didn’t know this, but we actually can handle it all.
We have all had days like this. It starts off with cranky kids, dog poop right in front of the door, a chore list a mile long and then…the dryer just stops working and flashes some weird code on the front. Once I get the image of me lighting a match to the whole house out of my head, I realize that I needed the dryer for the 10 loads of laundry staring at me from the floor. My procrastination of clean clothes has now gotten me into a pickle and I don’t have the ability to get a hold of my husband to figure it all out. Half the battle with fixing appliances, is taking the time to find out what went wrong to begin with.
The title of this entry should have been “I Can Handle It All, as long as I have You Tube Videos”! Thanks to brilliant people posting troubleshooting videos online, I was actually able to figure out what happened with my dryer. After 30 minutes of being elbow deep, balancing on the edge of a step ladder, I took out the blown motherboard and ordered a new one.
Some of you reading this might be more mechanically inclined than I am. You might be thinking that this isn’t a big deal. But to me, it is. I got the replacement part, installed it and my dryer is as good as new. I didn’t have to have my husband here. As much as it would have been nice to have him handle it, it just once again shows that I need to have more faith in myself.
Support spouses amaze me with the amount that they handle in their every day lives. The kids, the chores, the bills, the house and the worst part, the loneliness are handled without complaint by some of the most unsuspecting people. They are handled like champs because support spouses are the strongest in the world. Doing it by yourself is tough, but knowing you can do it is the best feeling in the world.