NEW GUTTERS - A Story of Life and the Beauty of Laughter
This story is based on a real life incident. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.
New gutters are being put on the house. It takes a couple of days to get the job done. The crew works all day Tuesday and then comes back Thursday morning to finish the job.
Work Crew Leader:
He is dressed in jeans, plaid flannel shirt, work boots and hat. He has a clipboard. He is in charge.
Suburban housewife fighting cancer:
She hasn't showered in four days. Her hair is in a four-day-old slept-in pony tail with a halo of hair sticking out all over her head, her skin is sallow, she wears no make-up, dark circles are evident under her eyes. She is wearing the same pajamas she's had on for four days, dirty socks, black gloves, and reading glasses.
The house is dark, lit only by the lights of the Christmas tree and the glow of the fire. Window blinds are closed.
9:00 a.m. Surburban housewife fighting cancer is home alone, laying on the couch, again. Her goal for the day is not to move. Every move brings with it waves of nausea.
(sound cue: doorbell rings)
Suburban housewife: Not moving, she thinks to herself, "I will not answer the door. Whoever it is will go away."
(sound cue: doorbell rings again)
Suburban housewife: Thinks to herself, "It must be someone who really needs something." She rises from the couch, gagging with each move of her body, wincing with the ache of her bones, and slowly shuffles to the front door. Forgetting her appearance, she opens the door...
Work Crew Leader: (seeing suburban housewife fighting cancer) LAUGHS OUT LOUD!
Suburban housewife: (realizing how she looks) Laughs out loud too.
Work Crew Leader: (with big smile on his face, stuttering) "I am sorry..."
Suburban housewife: (still laughing) "It's OK. I know."
Work Crew Leader: "We are here to finish the gutters."
Suburban housewife: "That's great. Thank you."
Gutters are in place. Work crew drives away, shaking their heads, wondering if there are other trolls who live in that house.