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Carol Perkins: People who are able to fix things

Author poses a question: We have all dealt with those who can do and those who say they can't. I think sometimes those who "can't" have learned how to play the game. They could do more, but if they can get someone else to do it, they have no problem asking. Are you Tom Sawyer or his whitewashing friend Ben?Click on headline to read it all - but no peaking, please."
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By Carol Perkins

Some people are able to "fix" things. I don't mean repair a window blind or replace a missing tile, although she is good at both; but solve problems. My friend Donna is one of those people.

When an installer put in her new front door-crooked, she was on the phone immediately. "I'm not paying that much for a door and it hang crooked."

When another installer put in her new French doors and cracked the wall above the frame, she insisted he repair the wall. "That's not my job," he said. "Was it your job to cause the crack?" After calling his manager, someone else fixed the wall.

When a mechanic removed her new $38 windshield wipers replaced them with $6 ones without asking her, she demanded her wipers are put back on and a refund for the other ones. People respond to her more effectively than someone who would give in too easily. However, we all have our weak spots. Hers is with her family.

Not long ago her sister's dog was sick, so Ellie called Donna. "Princess is dying. I just know she is. Can you come over?" Coming over wasn't just down the street; it was twenty miles across the city, but Donna went.

Princess was lying lifeless in her sister's bed. "I didn't want to be alone when she passed." I forgot to mention that her sister had a teenage son in the house.

When Princess fell limp in Ellie's arms around midnight, she said, "What do I do now?" This wasn't her first dead dog.

Ever the problem solver, Donna replied, "Well, I'll put the dog in its bed and put her out on the back porch until morning." Ellie didn't like the idea of her dog on the porch in the cold. "She won't know the difference," Donna assured her.

Donna lifted the large dog, with its legs limp in her arms, and placed her in the doggie bed while the son watched and Ellie sobbed.

Then she put her arms under the bed, heaved the dog AND the bed, and took Princess to the back porch. "I'll take her to Palmer's in the morning. (the animal cremation place).

Between the cold air and the effects of death, Princess was stiff as a poker when Donna arrived. "Where are you going?" Donna said, looking at her sister in her coat, holding her other dog.

"I'm going with Princess." Donna lifted the dead dog and the bed, put them in the back of her SUV, and was glad that her sister didn't see how she had to maneuver the dog's head to shut the door.

When Donna came out of Palmer's, her sister was sitting in the back of the SUV with the top up, petting the dead dog. "Don't rub too hard!" She knew the fur would fall off.

"We'll leave Princess, and I'll pick up the ashes tomorrow," Donna said, moving her sister away from the corpse.

The next day some of us were eating out and her phone rang. "I'm going to pick her up. I just haven't had time!"

I wanted to say, "Tell her to pick up her own dog!" but it wasn't my sister or my business.

We have all dealt with those who can do and those who say they can't. I think sometimes those who "can't" have learned how to play the game. They could do more, but if they can get someone else to do it, they have no problem asking. Are you Tom Sawyer or his whitewashing friend Ben?
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Contact: Carol Perkins, PO Box 134, Edmonton, KY 42129. Phone 670-432-5756.

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