While I was away on a business trip to Puerto Rico this week ...
Charlie was at home, on solo parent duty, with the four children and no oven. Between shuffling the children to running clubs, lacrosse practice, and scouts ... and volunteering in the classroom of all four kids ... he also entertained his Uncle Bobby who was in the area for a few days. And for reasons unbeknownst to me, he decided the time was ripe to take on the task of demolishing the children's bathroom.
In the midst of his demolition activities, he broke a water line and had to turn off the main until a plumber could come make the repairs (36 hours later). He said that if given the option of being without water or electricity for a day and a half, he unquestionably would opt for no electricity.
He asked me, "Do you have any idea how difficult it is to have NO WATER and FOUR CHILDREN?" Thankfully, no ... I have no idea how difficult that scenario is.
He also discovered that the subfloor was rotten and will require replacement ... and the cast iron bathtub, which weighed 350 pounds, required removal by three men who were once football linebackers.
Despite all the activity he had happening, he said one of the the most unnerving things to happen to him this week, was to find this scrap of paper in his daughter's backpack.
Thank goodness it's blank.