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Monday, October 09, 2006

Monday Memories - One I wish didn't happen but I can laugh about now



I was a in university and had the opportunity to take my second only trip to Ireland to visit relatives. My first trip was when I was only 5, so I have fond but few memories of that time.

Of course, meeting and staying with my extended family was exciting and a proud moment for me. Making a good impression was also important to me.

Likewise, providing a welcoming and comfortable visit was utmost in my grandmother and aunt's families mind for us. So much so that they had retrofited the entire bathroom with a new sink, toilet and tub in honour of the occasion of our visit.

The overnight travel was not something I was used to at that time, so it took me a few days to acclimatize myself to my surroundings and waking / sleeping hours. The consequences of this jetlag was that I felt like I was in a fog most of the time the first few days.

Finally on the third day, I resolved to take a bath before going to bed to ensure I would have a good nights sleep and be fresh as a daisy the next morn. The bath definitely prepared me for a good night's sleep and even though I was already yawning, I did not want to disappoint my hosts by not cleaning up after myself so I promptly took out the bathtub cleaner and went to town after finishing my bath.

Imagine my horror when the next morning I went in to go to the bathroom and discovered the brand new green tub was now discoloured in the sweeping manner with which I twirled the bathtub cleaner around before scrubbing.

It turns out that said bathroom cleaner which looked suspiciously like our bottles of Bathroom Vim was actually a toilet sanitizer with such powerful chemicals in it that it immediately lifted the colour out of the laminated tub.

Apparently all's well that ends well because as upset and crying as I was, it turns out my uncle talked to 'your man' * at the bathroom store who took the tub back as defective so the expense of replacing it was only limited to the workmanship to remove and replace the object.

My dear aunt, who I was travelling with, left money on the dresser to cover this expense but needless to say it is something that haunts me to this day, even though we can laugh about it now.



* your man - common Irish term used for 'the guy'



14 comments:

Debbie said...

ICL what a story and memory you have here! I too would have been just crushed to know I had done something like that but that you can laugh about it today is a good thing! Wonderful Monday Memory!

Mine is up. I am now posting on my regular blog instead of the MM Blog. So if I confuse you I am sorry but it is just me Reverberate!

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

oh oh, how embarrassing yes.... I'm glad that it all turned out well in the end anyway.

Reminded me of my accident when I was a kid, with the doll with the green swimsuit that colored the whole doll and me green...

Cheeky said...

Oh my...just proves the saying - no good deed goes unpunished ...LOL

I am glad everything turned out ok

Lazy Daisy said...

Oh you poor dear. Here you are trying to be a good guest and that happens. How embarrasing . So glad you can laugh about it now after all these years.

Debbie said...

Thank you, thank you for pointing out my broken link! I had (not thinking) changed the date on the MM Code post not realizing the links would break. So I redated it to match the codes and they all should be ok! I do not plan to take that page down as it will be the code page for Monday Memories.

Again thanks for pointing the broken link out to me!

kailani said...

I would have felt so bad! It's a good thing they had a solution!

Mr. Fabulous said...

Oh man, I might have cried too LOL

LadyBugCrossing said...

OMG! Sounds like something that would happen to me....
So glad it worked out... Hope it's funny now!!
LBC

anastasia said...

LMAO, nothing works out for me when I try to do a good deed...that's why I've cut down on the good deed doing.

Chelle Y. said...

I would have SO done that! :)

Barbara said...

I'm going to add discoloration to my list of reasons why I don't like to clean. Thank you.

Wethyb said...

Omigoodness! That's totally something I'd do! So glad it was an easy fix and you can laugh about it now :)

Sorry I've been MIA lately!

The Kept Woman said...

OMG. I would have been mortified!!!! Good for you for fessing up and not high-tailing it out the bedroom window!!

Gracie said...

Oh! How horrifying!

I broke my grandmother's brand new stand mixer when I was about 10 and almost peed on myself when I was telling my grandfather about it...Thankfully, he was MUCH more laid back than my daddy. LOL

Later, my tale of woe was a chuckle at family gatherings as Grandpa imitated my trying-not-to-wet-myself dance as I relayed the tale to him. :)

All's well that ends well!