My parents and niece came about a week early to spend Thanksgiving with us and to help me. It was the first day, and I had made potato soup for supper. In my hurry I went ahead and put the potato peelings down the garbage disposal. I usually don’t, but figured that’s what it’s for isn’t it? I ground them all up, rinsed out the sink, and served supper.
Then came the time to do all the dishes. We filled the sink up with the dirty plates, bowls, and silverware and began rinsing them. The sink was slowly filling up higher and higher with water. I ran the garbage disposal, but to my dismay nothing happened. The water didn’t magically begin to descend like usual. I tried a few times to no avail. Oh no! I could see me going to the hospital and leaving my family in the house without a working sink! There are probably worse things, but in that moment I was in despair.
I called my husband over. “Help me; you need to fix it!” He looked at it, tried the garbage disposal himself, and declared that it didn’t work! He didn’t know how to fix it, but suggested he could go to the store and get some Draino. It had to be done that night I insisted. The next day was Thanksgiving and how was I supposed to cook all day without a working sink?
Right about then my dad walked into the kitchen to see what all the fuss was about. He took a look at it and said, “Do you have a plunger?”
“Uh…for the bathroom!” I replied. I couldn’t imagine using my bathroom plunger for the kitchen sink! Eww! Nevertheless I went and got it for him. My dad took it and plunged it into the yucky water–up, down. Voila! The sink quickly emptied and worked fine ever since. We laughed over the big to do! My dad has always been my hero, but once again he saved the day!
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Yep, my dad taught me plenty of practical things like that too… Whenever I do something practical he looks at me amazed and I just tell him it was he who taught me!
Shari Lynne @ Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers says
I love that Esther! My Dad is my Hero too! Many lessons I have learned from him.
shari lynne @ Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers says
So Sweet! My Dad is my Hero too! Many lessons I have learned from him 🙂
Jan Tighe says
I love this. My drain had not been working very good for months and I just kept plunging it. The last time I had to do this I laughed out loud when I suctioned out…..THREE kids paint brushes! No wonder they thing wouldn’t drain right? It has worked fantastically ever since.
My Dad has always been my hero as well!
Melissa @ Dyno-mom says
My husband has practical knowledge like that. His father grew up on a farm and it was important to his dad he could take care of himself and his family. Sometimes it is not so much fun, though. Like when I have really, really great ideas that are totally impractical and he must tell me.
Betzina Y says
Esther! This happened to us one year!!…& we learned quickly that you NEVER put potato peels down your garbage disposal!!! And it happened to us ON Thanksgiving Day!!! For some reason these 2 things: potato peels + garbage disposal are a BAAAD combination!!!
Athelda Ensley says
The father-daughter dynamic is probably one of the most powerful that I’ve witnessed. We have 2 girls (now teens) and they still snuggle up with dad. It’s heartwarming in our society these days.
Tami Lewis says
yay for dads!
Isn’t it funny how “little” things like that seem so hard to solve?
In our house it’s my 13 year old that’s the handy one. Unfortunately this year he’s so busy with school, the whole family ends up walking around saying “I guess we’ll have to wait until Y. gets home to fix it…”
I had the EXACT same experience..plunger and all!!! that is crazy…I threw the plunge out..I just couldn’t stand the thought…it worked though..too funny..
my daddy fixed my disposal a few months ago… twisted metal measuring spoon was stuck in the motor! so glad my handy dad was able to fix it for us! 🙂
Dad’s are just the ‘go to’ guys, aren’t they? Sometimes I wonder if our children’s generation will lose that… or maybe that’s just at my place. We are sort of too ‘co’ to be passing on specifics, I think!
Thanks for linking up with us! x