Living for the Journey: By Pam Robinson
Twentieth century British novelist Virginia Woolf believed a woman writer needed to be independently wealthy and to work in ‘a room of one’s own.’ I have met one out of the two prerequisites for success—a room of my own, complete with a locking door and double windows. That’s not too bad for a late blooming writer practicing in the digital age.
Recently, however, I realized I needed more – a view to the world – to write with any depth. In other words, I looked up one day and peered into windows caked with grime. “How long has it been since Jamie [my stepson] and I washed all the windows inside and out?” I suddenly wondered. “What year did he graduate from MVHS?” I didn’t want to answer the question.
On a good referral, I called Window Wizards, the Adamaitis father and son window cleaners listed in the paper’s business directory. Their primary clientele is local business, but they will help out a home owner when called as well.
When Dan, the younger Adamaitis, came out to our home to work up a quote for his service, he sized up the situation in just a few minutes. We really needed our windows cleaned, all right. He even offered to discount his labor if I’d schedule a Saturday appointment. Trust me; he didn’t have to twist my arm.
Dan figured he’d need two or three hours to wash down the windows in our modest three-bedroom ranch home. Instead, he required five and a half hours to do the job. He hadn’t realized our fold-out storm windows demanded so much attention. Still, he charged me what he had quoted for his services, and if he cussed, he did it under his breath.
As it turns out, Dan remembers my stepson Jamie and tells a good story about one of Jamie’s high school adventures. In fact, he and Jamie were in the same graduating class at MVHS. I cringed when he mentioned the year, but we won’t go there. Suffice it to say, he didn’t need to speak another word to guarantee my repeat business.
Yes, indeed, Dan has earned my promise that I’d have him back out in the spring and every year thereafter to clean my windows. At this rate, Dan is the one who will become independently wealthy. He deserves every penny, of course, for providing me a room with a view. The future looks pretty bright for both of us now.