Some years ago, a woman by the name of Helen, was my best friend. She was my mentor. This woman took me into her HVAC business and gave me not only a job, but a career. She allowed me to learn on the job, and she also encouraged me to better myself so I could travel farther in life. I never knew my real mother, but Helen was like the mother I never had. I haven’t seen her for quite a while now, but I still feel grateful to her for giving me that first break in her HVAC product and repair company. Back then I wasn’t certified with HVAC. All I knew about air conditioners was how to turn them on and off. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure I was doing that correctly. Helen didn’t mind, she hired me anyway and eventually I became a certified HVAC technician. Helen believed in me, and gave me my chance to improve my life. More than that, more than that, she treated me like an equal and a friend, not just one of her crew of A/C guys. You might not think an A/C repair shop would be a fun place to work, but it sure was! We had some really good times back then. Eventually Helen got sick and couldn’t run the business any more. Before moving south, for warmer weather, she sold the HVAC business. We call each other occasionally and talk about old times. I miss Helen, and those days in her HVAC repair shop.