The phone was ringing off the hook.

I got a frantic phone call from my secretary last week.

She was stressed out because the phone was ringing non-stop.

She told me she hadn’t had time to eat her lunch or drink her coffee. People were going crazy and everyone wanted an HVAC technician to their house yesterday. I chuckled and told her to take a deep breath. I was on my way into work, and my wife was coming along. I knew the HVAC company got extremely busy over the holidays, and my secretary should be getting used to it. The difference was that this year, my secretary was waiting for her daughter to call and tell her she was a grandmother. My wife walked over and gave Mary a hug and told her to go get something to eat. She asked her to bring a cup of coffee for her on her way back to work. When Mary left, my wife told me I should quit laughing at her, and it would be nice if I gave her a big bonus. She really did work hard for the HVAC company and she did an excellent job. My wife wasn’t sure she could handle the stress as well as Mary had. I gave her a hug, swatted her butt, and sent her out to the desk. She was next up to handle the rest of the crazies who called throughout the day. When Mary came back to the HVAC company, she was all smiles. While she was at lunch, her daughter called and said she was the proud grandmother of a little boy.

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