That chimney looks innocent enough, doesn’t it? But oh, my dears, it hides a plethora of problems—all of which are ticking time bombs. A cracked crown, a brick or two sheared off with holes, interior bricks gone, and water damage that makes one corner of the interior resemble the inside of a cave. Could it come crumbling down? Probably not for another 10 or 20 years. But 3 years ago the guys who were supposed to do $400 of repairs didn’t come back, and in the mix of things like paying a few thousand here and there for vet bills and my own rapidly getting worse health care premiums and copays, I put the repairs aside and just didn’t use the woodstove. Today I had inspectors out to make sure everything was OK to light a couple of fires this winter, just a couple, and that’s when I got the very bad news, that the very wet weather the last few years hasn’t done it any favors and problems have escalated rapidly. So something has got to be done before it gets any worse.
That’s where you come in. Do you care about the structural integrity of my chimney? Probably not. But you probably do care about helping someone out who just got floored with a giant bill she didn’t expect during the holidays. Even more than that, you might be curious about what I’d like to do for each and every person who requests it—I’d like to give you a story to thank you for donating to this worthwhile cause that keeps me and my cats in a safe and secure non-fire or water damaged home. Now it might be that I find you a story that has been written already, or it might be that I’ll write you a little something. It could be a mantra, or a poem, or a little fairy tale, or something else. But it’ll be something. Just for you.
If you don’t want a story, no worries! Your donation is much appreciated! But if you do, please write 3 words that come to mind when you think of being given the gift of a story. Any three words that have meaning to you. Don’t think too hard about it!! Go with your gut. Put the words in the comment portion or message them to me via IG or FB. If I don’t know you personally, put your email address down. Make sure I have a way to reach you. As soon as your story is ready for you, I will be in touch.
I thank you for reading, and I am most grateful for your support.
With love, Susan Redington Bobby and her cats: Mellie, Tasha, Lyra, Serafina, Gretel, and Hansel
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