Blunders, Heroes and Plumbers

We have all felt it, that sinking feeling in the pit of our stomachs when we have said or done something that we realize we probably cannot fix or restore. It is at these times that we desperately wish that life had a rewind or at the very least a pause button or that Twix’s “need a moment?” moments actually existed. If the mistake was verbal and we are able to break the awkward silence with humor or by quickly thinking-on-our-feet, we can sometimes get out of it and breathe a sigh of relief. But if the gaffe was an action, those are harder to remedy.

Examples of actions that are hard to remedy:

  1. Realizing that the reason why your friend’s van died is because you filled it up with regular gas when it needed diesel.
  2. Watching your sister’s necklace (a gift from a friend that died) slip down into the darkness of a musty drain.
  3. Backing your parent’s car in to a very nice Mercedes, on the day you got your permit.

These are all examples where quick, fancy talking isn’t going to help you out at all. It is at these points in our lives where our only hope is a miracle or a heroic bailout.

For many of us stuck in those moments, no hero appears on the horizon. We just have to fess up, deal with the consequences and remember that the sun will always rise tomorrow and that everyone slips-up. That making mistakes are an aspect of humanity that connects all of us, like love and loss, we all have those moments when we feel as small as a beetle and just as insignificant. If philosophical thought isn’t helping though, it does always help to find someone whose faux pas are worse or more pickled than ours. The following story slips nicely into that category.

No matter what we have done, not many of us are acquainted with what it feels like to flush $70,000 down a restaurant’s toilet. Well, one person who knows what that feels like is a lady by the name of Allison Berry. A story reported in the Associated Press in ’09 explained how Mrs. Berry managed to lose her expensive and sentimental piece of jewelry while using the restroom at an Arizona Black Bear Diner. As she went to flush the toilet, her 7-carat diamond ring slipped from her hand and disappeared in the small torrent of water. It was in this moment that Mrs. Berry needed one of those miracles or bailouts. Her hero arrived not in a bat-mobile or dressed in a cap and costume, but it was a heroic plumber who bailed her out. The Associate press reported that the ring was discovered, “just 3 feet down and 5 feet over from where it was flushed.” and was rescued eight hours after it had been lost and after 90 minutes of jack-hammering and aftera bill of 6,200 dollars had been paid.

Whatever blunder is in your past or your present, remember that it could be worse and that life and its mistakes are always relative and about perspective. Whether it is a misspoken word in front of your boss or a precious rock being rescued from a watery grave, you will survive. And take heart because you never know when a hero (or a plumber) is going to be around to bail or fish you out.