Emir: By Barbara Rives

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Seeing Emir bouncing up to my door is always an occasion for celebration. He is one of the many hard working employees whose job it is to fix everything. He seems special to us because he can set things right with such grace and charm.

Recently I became fixated with the malfunctioning blind in my guest bedroom. The problem started when I couldn’t lower the blind to prevent too much sun or raise it again so that my cat could look out the window for the chipmunk she is obsessed with. After many frantic attacks upon the offending blind, I sent for Emir. We had our usual friendly conversation, after which he pulled the cord inward and lifted the blind. I immediately knew that, for some inexplicable reason, I had lately begun pulling the cord outward. The only comment I could think to make was “Of course I knew that. I guess it got stuck.” Emir reassured me that blinds can act in temperamental ways. He even embroidered upon the comment, adding that his wife often had this same blind problem.

I have since learned from the rumor mill that Emir has spent almost an hour instructing the lady who lived here nine years before confessing that she couldn’t turn the oven on, reassuring a widower that the motion detector was not intended to catch him going to the bathroom at night and convincing a long term resident that fumes from the drier couldn’t give her dog cancer.


The author, Mrs. Barbara Rives, has been a Member of Park Springs, Atlanta’s premier retirement community, since 2004.


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