We’ve talked stuff-ups.
We’ve revealed hidden hurts.
We’ve even taken blood money.
Now it’s time to table the sins within.
Not Happy birthday!
When I turned 40, the day was doubly profound: our nightmare renovation was (theoretically) nearing its end.
Fonnie spoilt me rotten: gifts, grog, home-made cards, a best-mate lunch, a Tiger Moth flight and a family dinner.
Then, as we packed our bags for a casino-suite adventure, something very bad happened.
The sewage from both our neighbours’ homes began bubbling into our small, walled courtyard.
Transfixed, I stared at the reeking, glooping brew.
The scene was so hideous, ill-timed and unfair, that my eyes swam.
We’d paid a plumber tens of thousands of dollars to renew all our pipes.
I summoned him to review the results of his craft.
He tried every trick in the truck, then concluded the problem was beyond his remit.
I called my water company which, now privatised, no longer touched anything past the street.
I called my local council, who referred me to the water company.
Finally, I sent my most lurid description to the Department of Health.
They came the same day, and said our entire $130K renovation might need to be razed.
Before ordering this drastic action, they had one final thought: a water cannon.
Next day, men in top-to-toe protective gear blasted the crap out of our neighbourhood.
When it was all over, they showed me a basket of foreign bodies.
In it was the bathroom tap my plumber had reported stolen weeks earlier.
The men were certain this tap had fallen during fit-out, jammed at the join of three pipes and damned a wall of debris.
Plumbing the depths
My plumber had dropped that tap.
He’d known all along what was wrong.
He’d known as he’d gone through the motions with his Roto-Rooter.
He’d known as I related my escalating despair.
Yet he never said a word.
Have you been secretly wronged?
Have you done unto others as they’ve done to you?
Should we really forgive those who trespass against us?
How about you?
conscience (or memory)
Note: I’m on break 3-23 April so please talk freely among yourselves.