This made me think back. It must have been 20 years ago. I had not long moved into my home in Broxburn. I was engaged and my wife to be, Laura was a nurse. During the day I was studying with someone from college. The studies were interrupted with the door ringing. On the door step was one of my neighbours I had not yet met. Debbie stood on the doorstep in an obvious panic. She blurted out can you help me. I said sure if I can. What was the cause of the distress? Had one of her kids been injured and needed first aid?
After an intensive search I couldn’t find it and went out and told Debbie. She and the kids came back in and I continued to look. Suddenly Debbie jumped on the couch screaming. The spider was on the ceiling. I climbed on a chair to try and get it. Seeking its imminent capture it moved quickly and suddenly it was gone. It had dropped from the ceiling and I couldn’t see it. I got down on my hands and knees. Within seconds one of the kids had climbed on my back and mounted me like this was some game of horsey. It would have made a great comedy scene. From this position I did spot the spider. It had dropped to the floor and climbed under the chair I was on, cunning little arachnid. Anyway it was captured and I removed the spider and released it into the wild.
Before I left I asked if I could wash my hands and Debbie said off course and showed me into the kitchen. What I saw in the kitchen was repulsive. Apart from the dirty dishes filling the sink, soiled nappies lay on the draining board. She apologised and explained her drains had been blocked for almost 2 weeks. I think there were her and her partner and 3 kids in the house, I was a bit shocked that someone could live with such conditions. I excused myself and said I would wash at home.
This morning there is no change in my drain position so guess what, yup sulphuric acid is down the drain. Hopefully that will make the change without the need for Dyno-Rod or the likes.
Now apart from the reminder of a funny day and some practical advice on blocked drains. This has made me think about life in general. Blocks can happen in life. They can be physical, like a blocked artery. Sometimes they are emotional, someone can’t cry or express their emotions and they can also be mental blocks. Things that stop us from moving forward. Ask a writer, blocks are not good! These are not healthy and need cleared if we are to have healing and move forward. I am not a doctor so unclogging arteries is beyond my expertise but emotional and mental blocks are something I can deal with. Without the need for anesthesia and I promise you I won’t apply sulphuric acid haha!