Because most philosophies that frown on reproduction don't survive.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday Quiz

When your children yell, "Mommy! Mommy! The toilet overflowed and the bathroom floor is wet!", the proper response is to:

A) immediately fetch the plunger, mop, and some towels and involve the children in the cleanup;

B) give a lecture on plumbing and the use of toilet paper;

C) stand in the doorway of the bathroom and sigh loudly;

D) say, "Alright, girls, go upstairs and I'll deal with it", and then once the kids are out of the way, sit down for some quiet time and a cup of tea;

E) write a blog post about the incident;

F) D and E


Jennifer F. said...

F. Definitely F. Although I might add an option that includes emailing your husband about it.

Melanie B said...

I'd have to go with F too.

of course last time our toilet started spewing water over the floor Dom was home so what I did was G: poke my head out the bathroom door and ask the my more-competent in an emergency than I am husband to take care of the problem. Which he did, of course.

By the way, I don't know if he's sent an email yet; but we got the hat yesterday and he's very grateful.

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

I reckon that with the removal of the word "immediately" from A, you could easily cover the whole shebang. C, then D, then A, then B, then E (so including F). Life is never dull huh!

mrsdarwin said...

Kiwi, you have a true maternal instinct. :)

CMinor said...

Off-topic, but I hadn't seen the new header yet. Very nice!

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Nope MrsD... just years of experience of teaching little kids in my case ;-)

Donald R. McClarey said...

G. Go to an empty room, yell, get the snake, and have the offending offspring do as much of the work as possible.

TS said...

I find that water dries after three or four days, so this is one case where procastination is a fine strategy.

This happened to me all the time when I had one of those weak toilets that the guvmint foists upon us, only it wasn't a child causing it but me. I've found blogging about it to be a mentally healthy endeavor so I would go with E).

Bernard Brandt said...

As I recall, Linus from Peanuts once said:

"There is no problem so large or complex that it cannot be run away from."-

mrsdarwin said...


Darwin snorted his wine through his nose watching the Kohler commercial.

Yes, our problem is that we are toilet poor. The particular problem was caused by the bowel capacity of young ladies, combined with the fascination of the young with watching toilet paper spill off a roll. The infuriating part of it was that when I went to do battle armed with the plunger, the clog cleared itself.

Thank God that one of the first home-improvement projects we did upon moving into the house was rip out the carpeting in that bathroom and put in tile. I knew that we'd be dealing with this sort of thing one day.