After ten years of living here, my friends insisted that I get my septic pumped. They said they could not believe I hadn't had problems, and that if I let it go too long it would ruin my leach line and be rather costly to repair. So I called and they came today. Who would have guessed that for $365 I would not only get my septic tank pumped, but also an hour session of marriage and family advice! I have to say, it was actually a very nice visit with a very nice gentleman. He was probably around 65 or so years old, and seemed to have lots of life experience to share with me, and it was a beautiful day to sit with him while his workers shoveled to find the tank. So here is some of his advice:
*family is important, even when you don't have worldly wealth, family makes you rich
*take some time with just your spouse
*it is the little things that matter: $10 roses at safeway, a hug after a long day, a dinner out, etc.
*talk to your kids, but mostly listen without judgement
*provide a place for your kids to bring their friends so you know who they are with, and what they are doing.
*take time to unwind after a stressful day at work before coming home: stop by for coffee - or maybe just a coke!
*mom's have a full time job: they should not work if possible, the kids need mom
*everyone should help out everyone
* always pump from both lids: check that it is done, some companies say they do, but don't!
*say "I love you" and mean it
*treat your family right, and you will always have them
*turn off the TV
*spend money on little things for your spouse, it will be worth it in the long run. Cheaper than divorce.