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Slices of Life By Jill Pertler

January 9, 2013

A tale of war, destruction, and toilets
Before reading any further, be forewarned: this is not a story for the weak of heart. It is filled with snakes, destruction, filth, war and loss. But every word is true. I know. I lived it.

The other day my eight-year-old called me into the bathroom. With a frown, he pointed downward. My eyes followed his path to the toilet bowl, which was filled with yellow water and a bright red Matchbox car.  

When I asked how the car got in the toilet, he motioned toward his sweatshirt pocket – bulging with little metal cars – and I gave silent thanks that only one vehicle had made its way into the water.

I wasn’t about to put my unprotected hand into the sea of yellow, so I left the room to grab my toilet-scooping tool. (Some of you may be thinking it’s a little weird to have a toilet-scooping tool. You’re probably right. However, you know what they say about necessity being the mother of invention – or boys with Matchbox cars in the bathroom.)

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