I am sorry I was not friendly
to the repair man
who came today to fix
He offered to help me
carry the grocery bag in from the car
as he came up the driveway.
I didn’t even expend the effort
to smile when I said
I questioned his judgment
on the reason the igniter broke,
and whether it really was the igniter
that was broken,
and he looked at me,
and said, “I do this for a living.”
I covered my cheeks,
“Sorry, I tend to offend people
with my questions.
Even my dental hygienist.”
After punching the request for new parts
into his computer, he turned to leave,
asking me, as he walked, if there was anything
else. “Well, do you know how to fix vacuums?” I asked.
“Because we have three broken appliances, and it’s