Sunday, November 12, 2006

That day every parent dreads

It's arrived.

I was doing a big cleaning behind and under the couch, which is a huge project because it's a 3-piece sectional that's difficult to move. So there were many month's accumulation of books, toys, puzzle pieces, old plastic Easter eggs, etc., under there.

So I'm working on cleaning back there and I hear the toilet flush in the nearby bathroom.

I walk in to see what's going on and Catherine is in there.

"Bye-bye egg."

So now at least one-half orange plastic Easter egg is down somewhere in the bowels of the plumbing. So far no adverse symptoms have occurred, but we haven't had a lot of time to stress-test the system. I'll be holding my breath with every morning flush.

12 comments:

Iron Benny said...

When Nytro and I bought our house, there was a family with children living here before us. When we moved in, Nytro complained of slow drains in the bathrooms. Of course, we tried liquid drano with no luck. So, one Saturday, I took the drain apart and found a childrens tooth brush shoved in the p-trap. I thought, that was strange. Well, the other sink is running slow too, and I had the tools out, so I figured I'd look into that one too. Same thing! As time went on, we continued finding things around the house. Especially in the furnace vents. Things like toys, trash and pizza crusts. Kids do the craziest things don't they. Anyway, your story reminded me of that experience.

Fe-lady said...

I am sure it will go though...Now, if it had been filled with a cut up hot dog, like my sister hid when she was a youngster, I am not so sure. Just be glad the eggs weren't in the couch cushions with an old hot dog inside of them! HA!

runr53 said...

pb & j in the vcr?? hehe! Your fun is just starting, the terrible twos turn into the twice as bad threes and so forth until about 18 or so and your fun is multipllied! Run Good!

Sara said...

Well at least it wasn't a real one that gets caught and begins to smell. :)

Lisa said...

reminds me of doing a serious deep cleaning inside my car a few months ago. Have had this car for about 10 years...kids are teens now, but were much younger then....I shudder at the though of how long some of that stuff was shoved under/behind/between the seats. My car smells a lot better now, though. LOL!!!

Vickie said...

Goooood luck! When my grandson was 2, he very nicely decided to throw a small ball into the toilet. Dumbass wasband decided he didn't want to pick it out so he flushed it. Guess what? Stuck for good. We had to replace the WHOLE toilet because the thing was in the pipe that went to the sewer hookup and was in so tight, no amount of prying, swearing, or begging got the thing out. You might want to have it looked at before it gets sucked in for good. Although, the eggs are a little smaller, so its possible they went on through. The next hazzard then is a buildup of toilet paper (and other STUFF!) that can't get by, thus resulting in a major clog at a later date.

IM Able said...

I say you should flush a chicken down there, too, and finally answer that all important question for all of us...

Siren said...

My nephew flushed a compact and it jammed up the whole system. My dad and brother wound up having to tear out the entire toilet to get to it.

Have you seen the Dooce post about the previous owner that flushed a beach towel?

nancytoby said...

LOL! No, I didn't see that one!

Fortunately, we seem to have survived without bad effects, so far.... (fingers crossed)

*jeanne* said...

Oh, oh, oh! A new market! FLUSHABLE Easter Eggs!!
The development is already in progress...

Geek Girl said...

Ah, this is so cute. It's cute because you identify that a plastic easter egg in the toilet as "the day every arent dreads." Trust me, as someone who has raised 2 teenagers and is still raising one, there are far more insidious things to dread than plastic easter eggs in the toilet. Enjoy this moment! I hope that it truly is the worst thing that baby girl does to the house. As an example, my son last year spilled a little lemonade on the (brand new) carpeting in the (brand new) house. Since we were gone, he put together in his 14-year-old brain that he should clean it up by pouring full strength bleach on it. What could I do? He showed initiative but poor judgement, and now there is a large, very bleached spot in the middle of a carpeted floor.

Jody said...

My daughter was making t-shirts for the homecoming football game this fall. They were decorating and putting cute glittery things on the shirts. I went down to the family room in the basement the next morning and noticed two iron marks set in the carpet (just a few feet from the table that they could have used). I'm not even bothering to replace it until she goes to college!