Dad needed some help and called me saying we needed to talk. I was scared when I got his message since I had missed his call. So I sat on my hands waiting for a break so I could call him back. My worst thoughts were about my mom. She had been unwell after getting COVID in 2021, and things weren’t looking up. I was afraid dad had called to share some horrible news and he heard the fear in my voice when I finally called him back. Dad immediately said there was no need to worry since mom was actually doing much better that day. However, he needed me to go home when I had the chance. I never knew my dad to talk so remorsefully so I went over on my day off. After visiting with mom, dad and I went for a walk where he shared that they needed a new AC for the house. The AC they had is old, and almost failing. Apparently, dad had hired an HVAC expert 3 times to do repairs when it went off. She did her best but insisted that it was time to invest in a new AC for the house. My dad asked me for help purchasing a new AC system for the house, something that I knew he would. It’s not easy for my dad to borrow money from his child unless he was really in a tight spot. I simply stopped, hugged my dad and said it was done. I’d take care of the new AC installation and subsequent maintenance. Dad tried to say no because he wanted me to only pay for half the cost, but I was just as stubborn as he is. A new AC system isn’t cheap, and the best way to keep it working is with proper AC maintenance.