Last week, I was in need of a plunger.
We have one of those new toilets, where you can flush a lot or a little. Every time I flush a little, I feel like I'm saving the world, so it's awesome in that sense. But...if you flush a little when you should have flushed a lot, it tends to get baaaaaacked up. Add a nine year old boy who feels the need to use half a roll of T.P. - well, we were in need of a plunger.
I go to the hardware store in my wedges and my cute polka dot skirt, and I'm all like, "How on earth am I going to find a plunger in here??? This place is huge..." when I stumble upon plungers all the way down the aisle. This adorable little boy had decided to plunge the whole plumbing aisle, yes, but I prefer to think someone upstairs with a humour was looking out for me, and kind of went "uhhhhhh, here they are!!!!"
So I go home and I plunge. And I plunge. I plunge for a good ten minutes. There were a few dry heaves in between, I'm not going to lie...but I plunged that toilet until we could flush without any fear of overflow.
And I thought to myself, "Well, well, well, reason 593 why I do not need a man!"
Here's a funny thing:
When I fell for Mr. Ex, I was really looking for someone to take care of me. In fact, I've always been attracted to men that were older than me, for that very reason. I wanted to be taken care of. Mr. Ex was financially stable. He had a career. He owned a house. To me, these things seemed to equal security, safety and happiness.
Turns out...they didn't.
My dating life has been a search for someone to take care of me. I realized this recently. I've silently been asking for, waiting for someone to take care of me.
The funny thing? While plunging that toilet, I realized I found that person.
She was with me all along. Somehow, without even noticing, I became the very person I needed.
I'm not quite sure if I was crying from the overwhelming smell or from the overwhelming pride welling up within me. It's funny how you get what you ask for. Sometimes, you need to be prepared for what you ask for. I was looking for a knight in shining armor.
Instead, I found myself.