“He’s going to have to close to perfect,” I told the owner of a dog walking service when I first moved to Dallas and was looking for help with my dogs. “I mean, I’m going to have to be comfortable with him in my house, having a key and caring for my dogs. I believe it is going to take a long time for me to find the right person, but you can send him over and I will meet with him, but don’t hold your breath. Also, I hate hurting people’s feelings so when I call you to tell you he’s not right, please make something up so his feelings are not hurt.”
What I didn’t know is that Tim, a retired non-profit high level executive who had taken a part time job caring for dogs for pocket change, would be going on his very first meeting with a client. He was brand new with the company.
The doorbell rang and I hesitantly opened the door. The person who stood in front of me was obviously gay, had beautiful, piercing blue eyes, had amazing eye contact and I trusted him before he even said a word. He was wonderful with my dogs and by the time he left, he had my house key.
Fast forward 2 and a half years or so….I stole Tim from the dog walking company to work for me and my husband at our home. He is my best friend in Dallas and he does all our landscaping, helps with the dogs, schedules service people, stays here when Steve and I travel and much more. In fact, he took care of me after my back surgery because Steve had to go on a business trip. I wish I had on video the scene of him trying to get compression stockings on me in the morning and off me at night. OMG! I told him back then that it’s perfect that he’s gay because I am so Ir-friggin-resistible. (hehe, I’m no spring chicken and I looked horrid after my surgery.)
So, anyway, last week we had a problem with the thermostat/AC in the master bedroom. Yes, it’s still warm here but the humidity is really why you need the air on. Tim was worried he couldn’t get the AC repair guy out fast enough and said, “Are you sure you’ll be comfortable this weekend?” I said, “Yes, because I will be in a hotel in Houston and you’ll be staying here. Will you be comfortable?”
The last time Tim and I took Haley to the vet we pointed out a weird growth she has on her head about the size of a pencil eraser. They were all analytical and Tim was asking all these questions and then I said, “Hey you guys, about a year ago after 3 glasses of wine I pinched that thing right off with my fingernails and threw it in the bushes. She didn’t even wince so I know it didn’t hurt. My mom did that to some wierd growth on the back of my neck years ago which is how I learned this technique. Mine never came back, Haley’s has after a year but if you don’t want to complicate things, I’ll have 3 glasses of wine tonight and take it off again.” Tim was hysterical with laughter, the vet and tech were kinda dear in the headlights.
A while back, Tim and I were talking and I mentioned a woman Steve and I know who Tim has also met. “She’s gay, you know, Tim,” I said. “Oh, she is?” he asked surprised. “Yes, Tim, everyone’s gay” I joked. “Oh right, they just don’t know it yet…..” he replied. We roared.
Tim and I have so much fun and he adds so much to my life and I’m so grateful for him.