It was a typical day at the Carr household (I love starting my stories with that line, mainly because I love irony. There is no such thing as a typical day at the Carr household). Raymond was in the basement playing with his trains. Mom and dad were at work and who knows where MacKenzie and I were. Raymond decided to get a little creative with his trains and brought them upstairs to Mum-mum’s room.
He put one of his Thomas trains in the toilet of Mum-mums bathroom and flushed it. After he flushed it, he ran down to the basement and listened to the sound of the water flushing through the pipes. He looked all over for his train (we’re assuming he thought it was going to come out of the pipes) and when he couldn’t find it, ran back upstairs.
This time, he tried the regular upstairs bathroom. He put poor Percy in the toilet, flushed, and again ran down to the basement in an attempt to catch his trains at the bottom. Nothing. But third time’s a charm, right? He ran up the stairs to the ground floor bathroom and flushed another train along with a Scooby Doo toy. He ran back down the basement and was very upset that he could not find his trains. When he ran back up to Mum-mum’s bathroom, it was overflowing. Water was everywhere.
“Mum-mum!” he yelled down the stairs, “Mum-mum, water!”
Mum-mum made her way up the stairs and desperately tried to unclog the toilet.
“Thomas, Mum-mum! My train!” he cried.
“Did you put your train down there Raymond?”
“Yes! My Thomas!”
She sighed and called my father (who works for the MUA) to tell him what happened. HE came home right away to try and fix the toilet. He had to take the entire toilet off the seal and call a friend from work in order to unclog it. While they were waiting for him to get there, I tried to use the upstairs bathroom and noticed that it was overflowing as well. So, I went and told my dad, who didn’t believe me at first. But Mum-mum followed me to the bathroom and I was telling the truth, there was water everywhere.
Mum-mum and I started grabbing towels to wipe up the mess while my dad took that toilet off the seal as well. He was really not happy now.
“Did you put Thomas anywhere else Raymond?” he asked, half sarcastically.
“No…” Raymond replied, “Scooby Doo!”
“Scooby Doo? You put Scooby Doo in the toilet?”
“Yes! Downstairs!” he exclaimed.
My dad headed downstairs to check it out, and sure enough, that toilet was overflowing as well. So he took it off the seal, just as his friend arrived to help him unclog it. So he brought the toilet out front and left it in the driveway so it was out of the way. I don’t remember how they actually unclogged the toilets, but I do remember having to shove my hand down the pipe and reach for the trains, since I had the smallest hands. That’s certainly something I’ll never forget. Plus, you can bet Debi was surprised when she came home from work to an MUA truck in the street and a toilet in the driveway. There’s a sight you don’t always see!