I came home today to find the toilet clogged. While theorists of stress would likely put this is the category of "occasional hassles," in my house this event occurs with such frequency that it belongs in the category of "chronic stress."
So, off I went to find the GOOD plunger (we have two; why we keep the ineffective one is beyond me). I found it and took care of the problem.
Now, I realize some of you are expecting me to connect this to my vegan diet. Must be all that fiber I'm feeding the kids. All those fruits and vegetables, quinoa, raw nuts, and soy protein. Did you forget that they aren't the ones eating a vegan diet? Well...the toilet clogging, while a constant problem, is not caused by me. Sorry, no connection to the diet. But I'll admit, it made me laugh to think that it could have been.
My kids, no matter how often I've instructed them, consistently fail to use a reasonable amount of TP. That, coupled with "energy-efficient" toilets, leads to chronic toilet overflow.
I've posted a notice in the bathroom that causing the toilet to clog costs $3. So far, I'm unable to collect because it's NEVER anybody's fault. Of course. Who would want to admit it??!!
I'm about to make 'acceptable' piles of TP and require the kids to ask for said pile before using the facilities.
Or maybe I just have to wait until they grow up...
- My interests include veganism and vegetarianism, health, ethics, politics and culture, media, and the environment. I have three kids; I teach college part-time, study piano and attempt to garden. I knit. I blog on just about anything, but many posts are related to my somewhat pathetic quest to eat better, be more mindful of the environment, and be a more responsible news consumer. Sometimes I write about parenting, but, like so many Mommy bloggers, my kids have recently told me not to. :) Thanks for reading.