Due to the toilet paper shortage, we have a hodgepodge of brands and varieties. Some are very thin. Some are thick. This has wreaked havoc with our plumbing. My boys are used to ScottTM brand, which is very thin. So when they use thick toilet paper, they use way too much, and they clog the toilet. There has been a lot of plunging and ranting on my part.
So, last week, around midnight, Alex clogged the kitchen toilet. Then, in an attempt to fix it, he flushed a second time and overflowed the entire bathroom.
Now…my boys are 14 and 16. They fight a decent amount. They antagonize each other constantly. They do not voluntarily spend time together. The basement is Jack’s; the living room is Alex’s. They do not encroach on each other’s turf.
However…at that moment, Alex immediately calls for Jack. Jack comes up. The situation is dire. Shani and I are both asleep. There will be hell to pay for Alex if he wakes me up.
Without a word they snap into immediate, coordinated action.
- Jack went to the basement and got the mop. Together they mopped up the water.
- Then they got the SwifferTM and wet-swiffed the bathroom floor.
- Then they took WindexTM and a roll of paper towel, got on their hands and knees, and wiped down the entire room.
- They put everything away, and without a word Jack returned to the basement and Alex returned to watching Lost on his phone.
I only learned about this yesterday. And I find this extremely encouraging in respect to their relationship as brothers.