Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sentimental Sunday The Hero and His Resourceful Ways

Today's post came as a result of a short sightedness on my part.  We ran out of propane.
 I wasn't paying attention.  Well, the toddlers' mom was in a dilemma as to how to get two sweaty, sticky  children clean after a day at the zoo.  ( Rolling this my duty?...Okay, I should have been watching the gauges) 
It was too late for running out and getting a small tank filled, so I searched in my mind and the answer came as well as a Hero story.

When we first moved out to our primitive farm, the plumbing to the 'cabin' fell apart. That's right, it just caved in in the trench.  The Hero was not a plumber, as my son who does plumbing now can tell you.  He tried to fix it, but there were leaks everywhere and he wasn't sure what to do.  While we tried to find plumbing help, we figured out we could run the hose to the house and fill the sink, flush the potty, and warm some water to put in the sink to wash the children.  Not good for the Hero who worked alternately in the warehouse and in the office.  He had to have his hot bath.  What do you do?  He wasn't up to filling a pot and washing in it like I washed the children.
He sat down, thought about it and the light came on.  Next thing I knew; he was back from town with a 30 gal trash bucket that had a lid.  Intrigued, I watched to see what he had in mind.  He filled the bucket, now I have to insert here, it was not a tall skinny one like you see today.  It was squared and....well you will see....
Back to filling the bucket.

He filled the bucket, put the lid on it then came in the house, washed up as best he could, and went to bed without explaining.
The next day he came in from work and worked out on the farm some, then went into the bathroom and came out in his swimsuit.  I was intrigued again.  I said "What are you doing?"  He smiled and said, "You'll see."  I followed him outside and what did he do?  He climb into the tub and sat down a took his hot bath that the solar heat had provided.  He was happy, and came out clean too.  LOL  I so remember seeing him seated in that square tub scrubbing happy as a lark...not that he wasn't happy when the plumbing got fixed.  I threatened him that I was going to take a picture of this, but didn't.  Isn't always sad to think what you should have done.  I grab cameras now.
To finish the story, I related this story to the youngest daughter who hadn't been born at that time.  I said, "I have a large storage tub you can fill with the hot hose and then wash them up in it."  Do I look crazy?  I must, because that was the look I got.   Long story short.  The toddlers got washed up in the tub in the sun and were not the worse for it.
The moral of the story is when you have a challenge, you don't let it throw you.  Look for the solution don't focus on the challenge.
Love you my grandchildren, thanks for coming by.


  1. Have I told you how much I am enjoying this series! Look forward to Sunday morn with you and the hero!

  2. I told someone that story & she looked at me like I was insane. Then she said, "I guess I've been spoiled all my life."

  3. You just gave me an idea!
    We have a little pool that we got last year but the water was always so cold poor skinny Little T couldn't handle it for very long before she was shaking so bad that she could move let alone play. I've been avoiding getting it out this year because of that... But SUN we got. And plastic garbage bags we got...
    I'll let you know if it works !
    My DaddE was a genuious!

  4. I love this! Not sure what so resonates with me but it sure does. Maybe all the summers I "bathed" the kids with the hose and a bucket. If they were hot enough the cold water felt good - at least for the first few seconds. After that it was a contest who could squirm away the quickest. Thanks so much for posting this.

  5. What a brilliant man! And resourceful, too.