My daughter had been planning an outdoor BBQ for her daughter’s eighteenth birthday.
She had the plans made and all the decorations and food bought, nearly two weeks ahead of time.
There was to be forty people at the BBQ. When my husband and I arrived, it surprised us we were the only people there. I thought maybe I had gotten the wrong date, or I didn’t receive the news that the party was off. My daughter was in tears when she came outside. She told me they had called the BBQ off, but she didn’t call us because she still wanted us here. My husband asked her what had happened. He wanted to know what was broken and if he should go back home and get some tools. She started to cry and took us into the house. There was water everywhere. The boiler water tank had sprung a leak. Since the boiler was on the main floor, right by the kitchen, the water was running under the door and out into the house. Her husband came out of the boiler room and he was just about in tears. There were space heaters everywhere, hoping to keep the water from settling into the flooring.They were trying to keep the wood floors from warping. The air conditioning was running on high, because of the heat in the house from the space heaters. My daughter and I took my granddaughter out for a wonderful lunch, while the men got the boiler repaired. By the time we got home, they fixed the boiler water tank, the space heaters were gone, and they had cleaned up the mess. They moved the birthday BBQ to the following weekend.