Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Carnival of the Animals
Since I've never invented anything more complicated than an April Fool's Day prank, I have no idea why they were out to bedevil me yesterday. But they were. The garbage disposal had stopped working that morning, jammed most likely by a clear plastic spoon that was snuck down the drain unnoticed. A toilet tank in the bathroom next to the laundry room continued to run, despite my best efforts to adjust the lever insde, an indication that the inner workings needed to be completely replaced. "What next?" I thought.
My thoughts were interupted by my son, CrossFit-Strength-and-Conditioning-Coach-burly-man-Tony, who wondered if we had a spare duffle bag around the house that he could use. I guess he was tired of carting his belongings to the gym in his big black milk crate. Hmm.
Sure, I said. Check the storage room.
Thirty seconds later I was met by the word every mother dreads, "MOHHHHHHHHM," followed by the equally dreaded phrase, "You'd better come see this."
Before I started downstairs, I wrote a status update on facebook, expressing fear at what I might find at the door to the storage room down there. A while later, I returned to facebook to find responses from friends, all of whom knew just what to say to lighten my mood. I read stories of cats floating in laundry baskets in flooded basements, suitcases wet from cat pee (glad now that I'm a dog owner), power outages, backed up sewers, finches flying around, and other tales of misadventure, all set to the "spooky music" cued by another friend.
I laughed at the comic thread they had woven, and laughed at myself for being so caught up by my little water gremlins. Just yesterday I learned of flash flooding in Brazil, landslides, a major earthquake in Pakistan, and other major weather woes around the world...and I'm going to complain about a few soggy suitcases?
I love my friends. They are the most creative, funny, and loving people in the world. They know how to lift me up when I'm feeling down, and bring me back down to earth when I need that, too. I'm the type person who sees the silver lining in the dark cloud...nearly always. If I ever have a day, though, when I forget to look for the silver lining, you can bet my friends will be there to point it out for me. Thank you to each and every one of you who posted on that thread yesterday. It will remain in my smiling heart for a very long time.
The silver lining from my water gremlins? A nice new wax ring for the toilet upstairs, and a couple of updated new suitcases.
Today my wish for you is...a day free from gremlins!
As I read the facebook thread from my friends yesterday, I couldn't help but hear this music, "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saëns. This section is called "Aquarium" and could easily have accompanied the vision of floating animals in the aquarium that was my basement yesterday. Ballet friends from Alexandra Ballet, you may recognize the music as that from "Origami"...ah, the memories...Enjoy!