OOPS, He Did It Again
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I always remind my three sons (and my dear husband) to flush the toilet after they use it, especially if they did number two. Because really, who wants to see somebody else’s poop.
I know, I am their mother and I’ve seen plenty a poop when they were still in diapers and when they were still toilet training. But come on, my youngest is seven and I thought I’ve already graduated from Toileting 101.
I also remind them to close the lid after they use it. Actually, what I tell them is to close the lid and then flush. This way the bacteria aren’t scattered around. A little tip I learned from an Oprah show. I thought this would solve our toilet seat problem.
I don’t like them leaving the toilet seat up. It’s very important for someone like me who uses the toilet sitting down, especially when I had to go in the middle of the night and do it in the dark. It’s no fun sitting on a cold toilet bowl.
But then again, if they leave the toilet seat down, they forget (or perhaps they are lazy) to lift the seat up before they take a leak. Then they sprinkle all over the seat. It can be really annoying when I sit down and my behind gets wet with their pee. If we put everything down – seat and cover – our instinct is to lift either the cover or the seat whenever we have to use the toilet.
Another thing, if they don’t flush the toilet right away and pee stays there for hours, or much so overnight (this usually happens in the toilet downstairs which I use less often), not only does it stink, it leaves a ring in the bowl. Now, I am a busy mother and I only have time to clean the toilets once a week. Of course, I can quickly clean the ring with the brush now and then, but the toilet smells better only after I get down on my knees and clean it with Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner and Comet Cleanser.
I remind them again and again every time I go in the washroom and see that thick, dark yellow liquid. I have to flush the toilet even before I use it because once I deposit whatever needs to be deposited there, I know that liquid will splash right into my skin. Yeah, that’s gross.
The other day, my 11-year old son, Ryan, was playing with his small football in the hallway across from the bathroom upstairs.
“Seventy needs to get a goal before the time runs out! Eeeh yaw! Touchdown!”
Boy, was he having fun.
A few seconds later, he barged into my workstation.
“Mommy, my football went into the toilet.”
I looked at him and said, “Well, is the lid down?”
“Is there pee in the toilet?”
“Now, what do I always tell you guys about closing the toilet and playing ball in the house?”
I went to the washroom and saw the brown football floating in yellow liquid. I picked it up carefully making sure I didn’t touch the water and I immediately threw it in the bathtub.
“Can you wash it Mommy because I need to bring it to school tomorrow for my project.”
That ball got a good scrubbing when I put on my yellow rubber gloves and washed it with detergent and very hot tap water.
“Thank you, Mommy,” my son said when I handed it to him the next morning, clean and dry.
The boys were getting ready for school two days later when I saw what was in the toilet.
“Who poo-poo and didn’t flush?”
Ryan went to the washroom with a sheepish grin on his face.
“Oh, I think it was me. Sorry, Mommy.”
You would think that he’d learned his lesson. Ah, boys…
These are the 16 Comments on “OOPS, He Did It Again” from the original post at Pinoyatbp.
Patrice said on October 5th, 2005 at 10:06 pm
Lucky me, I don’t have that problem with my husband
Irene said on October 5th, 2005 at 10:51 pm
Thank you for accomodating my story.
duke said on October 6th, 2005 at 8:15 pm
aaawww..when a kid says “sorry mommy” it melts ones heart even if they forget things at times
Patrice said on October 6th, 2005 at 11:06 pm
Irene, no problem
isabela said on October 7th, 2005 at 6:02 am
nice post….and very true, too. bakit ba ‘yang mga lalaki hindi gawing habit ang magbaba ng toilet seat? Dapat ganito ang sinasabi nila lagi para masanay sila ” Hey, I need to pee and PUT DOWN THE TOILET SEAT” or “Gotta go AND PUT DOWN THE TOILET SEAT”. Kailangan sinasabi nila para matandaan hehehe
Irene said on October 8th, 2005 at 10:27 am
Duke, pag-nag-sorry ang mga anak ko eh naka-ngiti kaya hindi mo makukuhang magalit. Lagi ko nga silang binibiro na they’re not really sorry. Well, at least they admit it.
Isabela, does that mean na hindi lang sa bahay namin nangyayari ito?
DarkBlak said on October 8th, 2005 at 1:19 pm
uy hindi naman lahat ng lalake ganun, hehehe
nikki said on October 9th, 2005 at 11:50 pm
Dapat siguro lagyan ng kadena yung mga toilet seats gaya nung picture na email sa akin ng kaibigan ko! hehehehe!
Irene said on October 10th, 2005 at 9:17 am
DarkBlak, alam naman namin na hindi lahat ng lalaki ganun. Sabi nga ni Patrice maswerte siya.
Nikki, that’s a funny thought.
kadyo said on October 10th, 2005 at 2:08 pm
One solution is to put a sensor with an automatic flush =). We went to a mall one time, sabi nang anak namin lalaki na kailangan nyang mag pee. So sinamahan ko sya, nang matapos sya di ko makita yung pang-flush, nagulat na lang ako ng palabas na kami e biglang nag flush, sabi ng anak ko “wow cool” hehe
Ka Uro said on October 11th, 2005 at 11:26 am
papabasa ko ito kay esmi ko. im sure magkakasundo kayo. habang binabasa ko nga ito para kong naririnig ang mga sermon ni esmi tungkol sa paggamit ng toilet. mabuti bola lang ang nahulog sa bowl. ako minsan yung cellphone ko nahulog right after i poohed. hindi ko naman pwedeng i-flush baka pati cp ma-flush. e ano pang gagawin ko e di dukutin siya. kaya nga ngayon walang nanghihiram ng cp ko kasi alam na nila ang istoryang ito.
darlene said on October 11th, 2005 at 6:13 pm
I used to have that problem with my 3 boys. i was so disgusted then tothe extent that i was coining on the idea on having a kiddie urinal installed in our CR. But i didn’t push through because, well, it’s not the solution I figured. I’m just so glad that they have outgrown that habit. I’m more delighted that they even too time to wash their hands every after trip to the bathroom.
Irene said on October 12th, 2005 at 12:52 pm
Kadyo, cool nga iyang flush na may automatic sensor. Hindi pa yata ako nakakita ng ganyan.
Ka Uro, pakipabasa nyo nga kay esmi nyo at naghahanap ako ng kadamay. At least ngayon solo nyo nga ang celfone nyo.
Darlene: Pareho pala tayong may 3 boys. At least it’s good to hear from you that they will outgrow it.
Karen said on October 13th, 2005 at 4:33 am
siguro dapat lagyan ng alarm yung toilet seats, kapag hindi na-flush or ibinaba yung lid, parang yung sa mga kotse. hehe.
di ba you’re from winnipeg din? yung may nakita na ako sa brioni’s sa polo park na automatic sensor yung mga toilets, yung mga faucets, pati paper towel. i want my bathroom to be like that.
Irene said on October 13th, 2005 at 11:49 am
Karen, may nakita na rin akong automatic faucet. Makapasyal nga sa Brioni’s.
Bethski said on October 14th, 2005 at 1:32 am
Lol, toilet 102. I don’t have that problem yet since I don’t have any kids. Our upstairs bathroom was new and everytime I put down the toilet seat, my hand gets caught in the middle between the seat and the cover. It did that for two weeks, I finally told hubby to put it down every time he uses it, I already got bruises on the back of my hands. He would do it otherwise I will say it again and again until he gets tired of it and say “okey”. Makulit ako,hehehe.
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