I have been excited for the past several weeks for my parents visiting from up north. I moved down south for college, graduating with a bachelor’s degree last spring, and now I am finally renting my own house for the first time. I’m really proud of everything I have accomplished and how far I have come since I left home at 18 for university. My parents, particularly my mom, still worry about me incessantly and question whether I’m still or ready or not to have my own place. Therefore, I have been taking every conceivable step I can to make the best possible first impression with them when they get here. I want to prove to them I have what it takes to live on my own with my own bills so I don’t want to leave any dirty clothes hiding under furniture or old food or dishes laying out anywhere. But most importantly, since I know my dad will be snooping the second they get here: I made sure to get all of my home maintenance up to date. Or so I thought, because literally not one week away from my parents’ flight my air conditioner went out. I have a backup fund for expenses like this so it wasn’t a huge financial hit, but I panicked immediately and went to the worst case scenario in my brain–what if I can’t get it fixed before they get here? It’s the middle of summer in the deep south, this is the worst possible time of the whole year to try to get your air conditioner fixed. I scoured online for local HVAC businesses and called at least half a dozen with each telling me that they couldn’t fit me in a service date before my parents arrive. Right as I was about to admit defeat, one of the places I called in the beginning called me back to say someone cancelled their appointment scheduled the day before my parents’ trip. I literally had my AC fixed in under 24 hours from when my parents arrived and they had no idea, I was so relieved.