The best kind of help

The good news is there were three teenagers waiting in the driveway to help me carry big rugs and several rug pads out of my car and into the new house at the end of a long day. The bad news is there were teenagers waiting in the driveway at the end of a long day waiting to help me.
When teenagers help, you have to strike a delicate balance between giving direction, letting them think they are in charge, and exercising extreme patience when they veer completely off course, both literally and figuratively. Above all, you need to have a sense of humor. It’s best to pad your time estimate. Be sure to build in extra time for side conversations that have absolutely nothing to do with getting the rug centered in the space or the piece of furniture moved out of the way so you can roll out the pad. And there are the requisite texts that they need to stop, read and respond to. And let’s not forget  it’s prom asking season. The updates about who is asking whom how when and where must be acknowledged and discussed every few minutes. Moving rugs with teenagers is about so much more than moving rugs. It all gets done, and in the end it is probably much more entertaining ( and far less expensive) than having the rugs delivered by the carpet company. We had a good time. We carried in and rolled out two rugs and four pads. The new house looks more and more like a home every day. I am grateful for teenagers and their help. We ate pizza when we finished.

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