One day they asked me to babysit so Mom could go to a church group meeting while Dad re-roofed the house with his friend.
The Dad fell off the roof, catching his foot in the gutter. His head hit the ground first.
I had to call 9-1-1. I dealt with the situation the very best that a 14 year-old could... which is to say, not well. Thank God for those fridge magnets listing the address and important info for babysitters.
I will spare you--and myself--from the details.
The Dad died after arriving at the hospital. I never saw Mom or the girls again.
This past weekend Jason said we had to clean out the gutters (which became very obvious during our recent rain storm). My parents got us a super-cool ladder as a housewarming present so, aside from my panic attacks, we were set.
Here he is discovering that apparently at some point before we bought this house, a tree fell onto the roof:
The plywood underneath is rotted and will have to be replaced. Can I tell you how much I don't even care about the roof damage? How thankful I am that this is a problem easily fixed by time, effort, and money? [Not to mention how happy I am that it is on the first floor part of the house.]
Sometimes it's all about perspective.
Thanks for letting me get that out of my head.