If you ask the average person about their priorities, they will say that family is everything. Hands down, this is the answer. Many families have a built-in reciprocal understanding and respect and woe be to those who don’t. Arguments and conflict can never be resolved. It is far better to have a family structure that allows for personal differences and opinions. In my family, it fortunately has always been that way for siblings and parents alike. If someone is requested to help out with an errand, a chore, or a project, you get willing volunteers. When I hear about family feuds and parents and children who never speak, I feel very sorry for them. I would happily go out of my way to do something for anyone in the family in need. If it means taking the car for repairs, so be it. If it means mowing the lawn, I’m there. If it means delivering a package, visiting a friend, attending a meeting, or driving someone to a ball game—yes, I’m there. I look for special things to do to show my love and appreciation for my parents. It’s hard to find something. A gift isn’t what I have in mind. Not long ago we were all discussing how dowdy the house looks and I got the idea that we could repaint it as a family.
I let my parents choose their own house color and trim. It was decided that a two-toned appearance would be ideal. We all chipped in and bought the paint. Then there was the matter of application. You have your choice of brushes, a roller, and an airless paint sprayer. The spray by far would be the fastest way to go. Brushes are good for small areas and a roller for interior walls. I see the professionals use their sprayers and I know for a fact they are right: this is the best mode of repainting a house if you know how to use it.
After a long weekend of group painting, the house was finished and looked fabulous. I tried not to get my parents too involved so it would be a treat for them to stand by and watch only. They made their little comments, “don’t forget this area; don’t forget that one.” Most of the time it was sheer adulation at our expert handiwork. I can’t imagine the days when people used brushed and not airless sprayers. One day someone probably got wise to modern methods. It was a great boon to the house painting industry. It is easy, quick, and functional. It cuts down on valuable time. I like that we own our sprayer so we can do touch ups now and then. Most people borrow them and have to clean them up before you return it. Now we had all the time in the world to attend to such matters. We just had to take a break from admiring our skill.