He flushed an entire roll of toilet paper. The toilet flooded. Of course I was taking a nap. I keep forgetting I'm not allowed to take naps. Matthias reminded me by running into the living room (where I was dreaming), crying, "But it's okay, Mommy!" This is what he says when I lightly scold him for small matters such as spilling his water or going outside with just his undies on. This time, however, there was a great deal of distress in his voice, and he followed the statement with a woeful wail, and I knew something was terribly wrong. I went to the bathroom and noticed the water was just spilling over the inside of the rim. I also noticed that all the toilet paper was gone. I'd just gotten a new roll out yesterday. There was tons of TP floating on the top of the precariously still water, and there seemed to be a trail of it from the top to the flush hole. I don't have a plunger. I got the toilet bowl cleaner and tried to scoop out the TP but it was quite clogged. I scooped some more, even using my hand (GROSS) and saw a clearing. So I decided I'd flush. First, though, I got three towels and spread them around the toilet, just in case. Good thing. Should have put out more towels. I flushed and flooded the entire bathroom, and a little of the laundry room. Matthias was still crying. I wouldn't have been thrilled if he was laughing.
I started to cry. I can't afford a plunger, let alone a plumber! I didn't know if a plunger would even cut it. Also, I would have to wash all these towels now and I'm almost out of laundry detergent, which I really can't afford. A throbbing pain began between my eyes. I was so frustrated. I told Matthias he was in big trouble and because he broke the toilet, we wouldn't be going to Spray Park today, which he'd been looking forward to all day. I packed the kids in the car and drove to Ace to spend $8 on a blasted plunger and came back home to try to fix the toilet. The water was low, very low. Almost like it had resolved its own problems. I knew better than to flush so I plunged and plunged and the pipe sounded clear from the start. So I flushed. Perfect.
Now I'm frustrated that I spent $8 on a blasted plunger when it appears to have been entirely unnecessary.