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Mom Is Fiery All By Herself

| Related | April 24, 2017

(It’s winter time and I’m trying to get a fire going in my fireplace. There’s a cold draft coming down the chimney which is causing problems. I try several different things to get the fire going, without much luck. My mom, visiting my house over the Thanksgiving holiday, has been watching the whole time.)

Mom: “Why don’t you try [thing I already tried]?”

Me: “I did, mom. And I tried [list of things that didn’t work].”

Mom: “Well, you didn’t try hard enough! What about [other thing I already tried]?”

Me: “Mom, I just did that! You were right here watching me! I even Googled ‘tips to get drafty fireplace started’ and none of those are working either. I just have to get it warm enough in the fireplace to reverse the draft, and—”

Mom: *suddenly irritated* “JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW SOMETHING, DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO GO LOOK IT UP!”

(I stared at her, aghast. So, what, then? When I don’t know something and can’t figure it out through trial and error, I have to just throw my hands in the air and say, ‘Oh, well, guess I’ll never know!’? I eventually got the fire started, but the whole ordeal made ME — an adult in my own home — feel like I was the unreasonable person for trying to find answers to a problem.)

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