Mike and I have been married for a long time. And in that time I have learned a few things about him:
1. He hates moving furniture.
2. He hates messing with anything electrical.
3. He HATES plumbing.
4. He knows nothing about car engines.
So, mom and I have learned it is just easier to pay the extra to have whatever appliance we buy installed. It is worth it to call in an electrician or plumber.
Mike's father was a Teamster pipefitter in Detroit...who was in the NAVY in WWII. Needless to say, the first language Mike learned was language not fit for polite company. Or ex-cons for that matter! So when he is doing something like moving furniture or fixing plumbing he reverts to his native roots. Rachel and my mom just fade into the background and hide in their rooms. Eric and Adam think it is funny because he gets so creative with stringing words together. It's like he is speaking in tongues!
There are many times when he shows remarkable patience and sensitivity. But those times do not involve plumbing, electricity or furniture moving.