I know now that I should have listened to my mother when she told me not to tip the leftover soup down the drain. I wanted to clean the house for her while she was out, and cleaning out the refrigerator containing a large stock pot of old soup. I decided to pour the remaining soup down the sink, watching the chunks of food pile up in the plug hole. Now, instead of doing the logical thing here, I did the thing that I thought would be most enjoyable, and squashed the food down the drain with a spoon. If only I had scooped it out of the sink and put in the rubbish bin instead of cramming it down the plug. When I pulled the plug out, instead of the water level lowering, it appeared to be rising. It was filling closer to the edge. When Mum walked in, the kitchen was covered in towels, food and a strong stench of rotten vegetables. I was on the phone to a the drainage contractors, Melbourne local services were on a fridge magnet that I had found. I gave her the most apologetic look I could while arranging an appointment with the team unblocking team. I wanted to fix my mistake as soon as possible. I had scheduled an appointment with the Melbourne drain inspectors and now I had to face my mother. Why didn’t I think in the first place? I had never seen my mother get angry, why did I think that this time would be an exception? She hadn’t had a chance to speak to me since she got home, but I could hear her looking around the kitchen, trying to discover what had happened. I was in for some explaining.
I wouldn’t be in this situation now if I had used my brain. It’s not the first time my impulsive nature has gotten me in trouble. When I was growing up Brisbane with my family I would cause chaos in our home on a weekly. It was never intentional, I was what you’d call a spirited child. I remember one such incident where the tree roots of a great gum out front of our home had growing through the drain pipes. We had the have the drain replaced and the tree cut down. I overheard my mother talking about tree lopping, Brisbane folks tended to leave it to the experts rather than risk doing the work themselves. I wanted to save my mother money so I tried to the tree down myself. I climbed up halfway and started cutting at a large branch with a hand saw. I put my weight in the wrong place and fell to the ground knocking myself unconscious. I woke up in the hospital that evening. When we got home the tree was gone, I thought I had been successful until mum told me the Brisbane stump grinding team had arrived shortly after my fall. We can laugh about it today but at the time mum was worried I might have a brain injury.
Respect your parents and you show that you respect yourself. Be mindful of animals that have more than four legs. Your lucky number is missing.
When I arrived at the guesthouse I was so happy to be able to lie down and put my feet up. It had been an exhausting day of waiting at the airport, the flight, an hour train ride and a million phone calls in between. I had taken a few weeks off from work and considering no one else is competent I was still working on my holiday. I was in need of some time away with my family, who had decided to spring a surprise on me and stay for two weeks! A free trip was exactly what I needed. I had never been to Melbourne before and when work told me I was only needed for a meeting on Monday, I was excited to know I’d have the rest of the week to explore the famous city.
After a shower I decided to order some food for delivery, I was too tired to go anywhere. When the food arrived the guy looked at me weird and asked if I had left the water on in the bathroom. I was confused by the question and looked at the bathroom door. There was water leaking out from under it onto the carpet. I ran over and opened the door. Water flowed out at my feet and I noticed it was coming up out of a blocked drain in the middle of the bathroom. I told my family not to touch anything and that I would call for help. Two men in uniforms arrived, inspected the bathroom and told me it definitely needed drain repair, Melbourne had a lot of rain last night and the sewer might be blocked. Just as the drainage plumbers arrived I was told I could move to another room. While I gathered my things the Melbourne drainage contractors got to work stopping the water flow. I knew a little about blocked drains, this was going to take a while. There was a good chance at some point this place was going to need a drain replacement, Melbourne has some very old pipes. All I wanted to do was sit down and enjoy the first dinner of my holiday. Turns out it was more like dinner and a drama movie. Why do holidays always turn out to be a disaster? Will the rest of my holiday be relaxing and stress free?
A person you look up to to will guide you through a difficult time. There’s a reason to doubt yourself this week, don’t be cautious.