If you read my blog from two weeks ago, you know that my basement flooded with sewage water and then I just dropped off the planet. Truly, I packed my children up, drove a couple of states over and visited with a childhood friend because I was desperate for a little perspective. Actually, I was running away from the stench of sewage that my entire house was wrapped in, but what I got was perspective.
That’s just what happens when a 5 ½ hour car ride with screaming, unhappy children somehow turns into the 7 hour journey from hell. I have now been able to forgive the said teenager for not using the multiple-flush method while doing his business in a brand new low-flow toilet. I now, despise low-flow toilets and will be seeking out a toilet that uses a tsunami-like style of water to wash away all waste. I saw a commercial this summer where a little boy dumps a basket of balls – maybe golf balls – down the toilet and it all washes away. I hope that potty can really do that and that their marketing company was not over-promising the toilets capabilities. It will be really depressing if it doesn’t work like it does in the commercial. (Yes, I know… I am in dreamland, but it is important to dream even as an adult)
I now look at everything that has to be replaced, repaired, thrown out and scrubbed clean as a way to “refresh” half my house. The carpet (that was only 2 years old) well, it was stained anyway. Someone… (Who shall remain nameless…) spilled a cherry icee on it and never bothered to clean it up. The baseboards and walls that have to be replaced? They were old and definitely needed to be updated, who wants old walls and baseboards in their home? And then every single wall that has to be re-painted, even though the current paint job was – again – only 2 years old? Well, life happened on those walls. Furniture was bumped into them, trucks were driven on them by little hands and balls were bounced off them so they needed to be repainted anyway. No, really… they did.
See, I am finding the silver lining in the disaster that is my downstairs – that’s what perspective does for you. I am tired. I am ready for my house to be put together again. I am really, really ready for my children to have their playroom back. I never even knew how much we used that room. But for now, I have perspective and hope that when all is done it will look better than it did before and perhaps another new toilet will be just what we need.
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