There are few things in life better than coffee.
Today, while drawing bath water to bathe my little Shih Tzu, Gigi, the knob broke on the bathtub. I couldn’t turn off the water and the tub was quickly filling up. Yes, it was highly dramatic. I flipped the drain on and grabbed a screwdriver from downstairs, while simultaneously calling my boyfriend. I tried to explain to him what was going on over the sound of water gushing, while I unscrewed part of the knob to see if I could shut the water off. Of course, I had no idea what I was doing and he couldn’t really explain to me what to do over the phone.
Since he was working on a project about 45 minutes to an hour away from home, I hung up with him and called the emergency maintenance number. No answer, so I left a message and returned to the problem. The bathtub was filling up faster than it could drain, so I called my mom to bring a pair of pliers and help me until either my guy could get home or maintenance could return my call.
She arrived within ten minutes to find me in pink pjs using a large bowl to shovel water out of the tub and into the sink to keep the tub from overflowing. She immediately began putting the pliers to work while Gigi looked on completely disinterested. All the twisting, pulling, and banging did nothing. As a last attempt, my mom unscrewed the back plate and, luckily, found the emergency shut off valve. Woo-hoo!! The moment the water shut off was the most peaceful moment of the entire day.
We sat down on the stairs to enjoy the quiet when there was a knock on the front door. I opened the door to the maintenance man. He went upstairs to the now quiet bathroom, assessed the problem, and determined it was a quick and easy fix. He would need to change the knob – and had already brought the new one after having heard my message. He quickly got to work and, while he was in the process of installing the new knob, my boyfriend arrived, tools in hand, to save the day.
My mom left once my guy got there, and the maintenance guy left after installing the new knob (which took maybe ten minutes). After they left, Gigi got her bath, and she, my honey, and I spent the rest of the evening hanging out and watching movies. Alls well that ends well, right? It’s amazing to know that in times of emergency (and yes, this counts) there are people in my life that I can count on to be there when I call. There may be few things better than a great cup of coffee, but that fact is definitely one of them.