One of the hardest parts of being a small business owner is that people need you around the clock. Last February, when the temperatures in North Texas were as low as 4 degrees and the power in many places was struggling to stay on, we were answering calls around the clock. Texas rarely experiences cold like this our houses were not built to withstand this type of cold, the low temperatures broke a 112-year-old record, and people’s pipes were bursting left and right. With so many customers in need, I was glued to my phone booking appointments and helping people find their waterline shutoffs. With the power out, pipes bursting, and the roads being snowy it was a mess.
We were trying to help as many people as we could, and on the flip side I had a little girl at home who was begging to go out and play in the snow. Eliana had never seen snow like this before, so all she could see outside was excitement and fun and she wanted her mama to come out and play with her. She had been so patient with me for so many days and when I looked outside the snow was starting to melt, so I walked away from the phone for a bit and we went out and played.
We sledded, we built snowmen, we had a snowball fight. She was so happy to finally be able to play and it was the perfect break from the insane stress and work of the last week. For an hour we were able to enjoy the snow like everyone else had and Eliana was so happy. The smile on her face was absolutely worth it, and ever since then, I have made sure that even when work gets crazy that I make sure to have fun and enjoy the little moments of life. Who knows when the next time that we’re going to be able to build a snowman in our backyard?