One of the downsides to being a commuter is having to deal with environmental issues. I live at home and my bedroom is in my basement. I do not live in a dorm with maintenance workers that will fix an issue that may arise. Now, I do not usually like to blame the forces of the universe for causing problems I might have, but this time is different.
You see, when mother nature decides to have the beginning of October feel like summer, you don’t think about what is to come. In this case, rain was definitely going to be in the future. I never worried about rain before because if it were to enter my house, it would only come in about a foot from the basement door and was easily cleaned up. The early morning of October 21st, the eve of my birthday, and the last day of what I thought was a great week, ended up being one of the most stressful days I have had this semester.
At about 3 a.m. I remember waking up to a Flash Flood warning on my phone, silly me thought nothing of it because when I got these warnings in the past I would get little to no water in my basement. So I ignored the message and went back to sleep. When my alarm for school went off at 6:30 that morning, I woke up and stepped out of bed only to hear and feel the squishy, water soaked carpet beneath my feet. “You have got to be kidding me.” I said to myself as I walked around my basement to see how far the water came in. It was pretty much everywhere and I had immediately messaged my professors that I would be unable to come to class that day. I hate not going to class but I was the only one home to start cleaning up the mess.
At first I had to think of what important things may have been damaged, the one thing that came to mind was one of my high school portfolios. Surely enough, the paper portfolio was drenched in water, as were the five pieces in it. Immediately I had to go through damage control, peeling off the mats and laying them flat to dry. Fortunately most of them are salvageable and just need new mats, on the other hand one of the pieces was a watercolor painting that is now ruined. I am glad that I am rigorous in keeping all my files and images up to date on my computer, or the beauty of this piece would be lost forever.
Due to the amount of water and other damage I had to call my friend to drop off a dumpster and start tearing out all of the carpet in my basement. I did try to make light of the situation by having this be an opportunity for an early “spring cleaning.” I also was able to give my wet floor sign a purpose, as seen below.
All in all, I have come to the conclusion that these things just happen. The weekend of my 20th birthday I learned that this is in fact what can happen when you are an adult at any time and sometimes it is your responsibility to clean up the mess! But, you cannot let these things bring you down because the sun will shine another day!!
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