My kids used to carpool with friends that greeted them, “Hey, how’s your poop?” This wasn’t slang for “What great shit’s going on?” – they wanted to know about their business. Things that make us go …hmmm, not that we don’t have potty mouths sometimes ourselves, but the question crossed personal boundaries we hadn’t considered, much less with our closest friends.
Last month, after catching up with said closest friends at various intimate events, we returned home to find out shit rolls downstairs. Our personal boundaries had been flooded by the eau de toilette of our above neighbors the whole weekend we were gone.
We left that night, returning only to complete our insurance agent’s daily to-do list preparing for extensive restoration.
Why do a job half-assed? 8 days later, after spending all weekend dragging books and other heavy mementos to my garage to help make the restoration crew’s shitty job a little better and to eliminate risk of loss or damage, the laundry room overflowed soaking everything in my garage. Bravo – job well done.
From the first whiff, I had to focus on Ps: I searched for the Positive and Purpose and stayed focused on the Present (or risk seriously losing my shit):
- We’d wanted to thin out the garage anyway
- It happened when school was out
- Now we have an extended vacation with an ocean view…
After the third flood – tears pouring from my eyes upon my late arrival to work – thanks to the 30 min. additional morning commute – I was forced to find my paddle and set a direct course up shit creek to get past this. This shit was out of hand, but I could still control certain aspects.
Ironically it took this pain in the ass, (and small threats to my kids “You don’t Mommy to cry again, do you?”), to reassess and test my realm of control.
- I haven’t been late to work since, flushing a long record of pushing the boundaries with my arrival time.
- We told the landlords we wanted to wash our hands of our lease (early) before having a permanent home to move to
Reward: Tonight we rented a new upstairs apartment.