Lessons from an Adventurous Soap and a Persistent Poop

The right thing is sometimes the most difficult thing to do…

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Pardon, I can’t think of a better title than that. This is the line that first popped up when I thought about our almost-a-month ordeal – that was roommates versus a roommate and the sanitary sewer.

One morning, roommate took a bath. Eyes closed, lathered up with soap (insert Ellie Goulding’s Anything Could Happen here), he’s probably working on more froth when the soap slipped his hand and dived into the john. Pause.

“Should I rinse, go out and get a stick?”

“No, you are in a hurry and doing that isn’t fun.”

He probably doesn’t want to spoil the adventurous soap’s fun of diving into the john.

“Hmmm, let me send you down the sewer.” Flush and down it went.

But it didn’t go away.

Other roommates noticed the john acting weird like it just swallowed something other than the usual human waste. Okay, “swallowed and human waste” is a disgusting word combination, proceed. It was out of order.

Our thinking throne schedules were disrupted. I usually do mine in the morning (now you know) but I put it off and waited until I reach the office. My other roommates did the same. It’s not funny then when we were still going through it. It was horrible! And that leads us to lesson 1.

LESSON 1: When going through tough times with friends, we have the option to laugh it off and it’s the favorable one. We have to deal with it head on but we don’t let its shadow cover the day. We managed to inject humor in that gross situation until it was resolved.

LESSON 2. While we can point finger and put the blame on the culprit, we joined hands instead and worked on the resolution. It’s easier and happier that way.

LESSON 3. This probably is my best take away from that situation. At some point we really should “rinse, go out, and get a stick.” No shortcuts. Easy way out begets difficult consequences like constipation (true).

The right thing is sometimes the most difficult thing to do. It isn’t fun. But it sure is the best way to resolve a crisis. We could have saved a lot of time for something better than dealing with a dysfunctional john if roommate did not push the flush handle for an easy way out.

But no time wasted. It was persistent but it eventually went away and left us with lessons one, two, and three.

If you can suggest a better title, leave a comment.

Author: Ivy Rufin

Ivy Rufin is a wordsmith-in-progress. She believes that she is a continuing work of art and so are her works. An average Jane with an enormous appetite for life. Here, she hopes to share her thoughts in an attempt to practice the craft, express herself and communicate with other souls out there who pursue the same goals. For now, she struggles to write daily and more often than not, it’s not her it’s the coffee talking.

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