I was working on an air conditioning unit last week.
My daughter had just completed HVAC classes and was waiting for her certification to arrive.
Once it got to the office, I was going to have her working with one of my older HVAC technicians. She stood behind me when I was cleaning and prepping our air conditioner for summer, and she kept saying she could never be the HVAC technician I was. I assured her she could be better, but she didn’t believe it. I wanted her to do the inspection and minor repairs, but she refused. I was almost done, when an idea popped into my head. I hung my head and told her I wasn’t feeling well. I had to get out of the sun and get some tylenol and something to drink. She was worried about me, but I told her she had to complete the inspection on the air conditioning unit. She had to make sure the paperwork was complete, and take care of all the cleanup. She said she wasn’t ready to do all this, but I knew she was. She had to prove it to herself, or she was going to talk herself out of being an HVAC technician. Half an hour later, I sat in the kitchen watching her outside the kitchen door. She came inside and I smiled. She told me to wipe the smug look off my face, because she knew it was a ruse and I wasn’t sick. I wouldn’t have remembered to tell her to do the paperwork if I had been. She did a marvelous job with the air conditioning unit.