Monday, October 7, 2013
Cheating On Guy
He's a perfectionist. He never cuts corners. He's ethical and fair with his prices.
Guy has rebuilt a porch for us. Guy has built out a pantry for us. He is dependable and takes pride in his work.
Alas, my cheating ways have put a crack in this relationship.
Guy is so good that he has become very busy. Unfortunately for us, he now has to put us off because of his busy schedule. I really don't like being pushed back after other clients. It makes me nervous to have projects lined up and no end really in sight for some of them.
We need a dedicated power line for our new refrigerator and a new outlet put in. I cannot wait any longer, so I called an electrician who is going to do the work for us. I tried to time the appointment with the electrician so it would be after Guy had left for the day after working on our bath remodel.
As luck would have it, the electrician came early, and Guy was leaving late. The look Guy had on his face when he saw another contractor made me feel like a cheating slut. Guy looked so betrayed and I felt such remorse and shame. I felt worse than if my husband had walked in to find me in bed with another man. That is how bad I felt.
I tried to explain to Guy that it was only an electrical outlet, but that didn't take away the sting. He was so hurt. I felt like a total sleazy slut.
Then to show how truly rotten I am, later that afternoon, I hired another painter to come in and paint the bathroom that Guy had remodeled. (I'm lying to Guy and telling him that Alex did the painting.) I feel bad about this lie too, because I very seldom tell a lie.
You know, unless I really have to.