Friday, October 18th, 2013


My mom completed her first plumbing job 64 years ago, at age five. She fixed a sink.

My grandfather was so impressed, he wrote her a song. Something about

“When I plumber earns five dollars an hour / I guess that ain’t so bad.”

Which it wasn’t: minimum wage was 40Β’ an hour and the average annual salary was $3,600 per year.

In a full-on attempt to out-do her, Iris tackled her first plumbing job at a year and a half.

Despite the fact (or perhaps because of the fact) that there were numerous people involved,

the sink is still not fixed.Β 

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Nobody wrote a plumbing song for Iris.

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