My sister invited me to her house for lunch.
- This wasn’t unusual, and I loved going to visit her.
I adored my niece and she was always good for a laugh. When I got there, it was so hot in her house that I instantly began to sweat. I felt like I was going to pass out. I asked what was wrong with the furnace, and she said she just had it repaired. She tried to change the temperature on the thermostat, but nothing happened. I wondered if she didn’t need a new thermostat. I changed the temperature, but the furnace just kept running. I called my husband and asked if he had a thermostat in his service van. I asked if he could drop one off at my sister’s house, on his way to work. He told me he had several and wanted to know what kind we needed. She shrugged, and I told a programmable digital. She never went anywhere, and a smart thermostat would be a waste of time for her. When he dropped off the thermostat, he asked if I needed help installing it. I gave him a look that asked if he was serious, and he laughed. He said if I needed anything else, I should yell, and gave our niece a hug. Once the thermostat was installed, the furnace quit working. She asked how I knew it was the thermostat, and I reminded her I was an HVAC technician. I had a lot of fun with my niece and I got to put her down for a nap after she threw food all over me and herself. Helping her with the thermostat was just one more thing I could help her with.