How To Fix A Well?

The condensed version.

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I found Harry sitting on a piece of concrete. Head in hands, “I knew it wouldn’t work, nothing ever works.” He was looking beaten and even though I knew better, my soft spot for old people kicked in. He had just been blaming me for the pump going out because I did a load of laundry. Like we do every week.

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“Why don’t we just look at the manual and see if we can troubleshoot? “

Painting Title_001 (1)Ha! Troubleshoot?! Nothing works! It won’t work. It’s broken. Everything is broken. I am broken. Just let me die. I’m gonna die. I knew it wouldn’t work.

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This is my “Do we really have to have an existential crisis every time something breaks?” face.

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After fixing half of it: Look, the pressure is back! Maybe try tightening the differential too.”  Him: “I can’t see it. I can’t do it. It’s hopeless.”

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“Let me try,” I offered.  “You can’t. You can’t do it.”

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Literally two seconds after handing me the wrench: “I knew you couldn’t do it! I knew it! You can’t do it!”

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“You can’t do it! I knew you couldn’t!”


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“Just because it is called a nut, doesn’t mean you need a penis to turn it!”

And that’s the story of why I had to call Charlie to fix the well.

About Elisha

Elisha Dasenbrock is an award winning, international watercolor artist. She paints with a limited palette on claybord. Dasenbrock graduated from the American Academy of Art in 2009 and has been painting professionally ever since.