Other parents envy me of having two young male adults when their own kids have yet to hit their teen years. Honestly, parenting a pair of grown-up kids is a lot more desirable than raising tots, young children or teens until ………
the day when the drain became clogged and the kitchen was flooded.
It remained flooded and a rancid smell wafted through the apartment for three solid days.
Mr 25: “Let Mr 21 solve it. He’s the one who pours cooking oil down the pipe and I seldom cook.”
Mr 21: “I need a metal hook, get me one.”
Mr 25: “Mom, call in a plumber. I’ll pay half the bill.” (He was blithely ignorant that a house call by Mr Plumber easily cost RM100.)
All three inhabitants pretended that nothing was wrong in the apartment.
After enduring the rank smell for 3 days and having enough of the “wait and see” attitude, this mother whom a lot of people envy drove out to buy …..
yep … a plunger because the handle of the old one was no longer reliable as it came off easily.
This one had a price tag for RM7 but when I walked to the cashier, she cheerfully announced, “RM5!” “That’s a lot of discount,” I remarked. “She’s in a good mood today!” her male colleague quipped.
Remembering the Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”, I summoned the two young men before I started on the plumbing works.
It took 10 minutes’ of suctioning and another 10 to get the floor clean. Looks like Mr 25 now owes me RM50.
A damp but shiny, clean floor! Now back to basking in the envy of other parents until the next home crisis strikes.