What I Learned About Myself and a Stuck Pop-up Plug

stuck pop-up plug

I had just got out of church on Sunday morning and I got a message from a friend, asking me how to take out the pop-up section of their plug and waste. My friend wanted to clean under it, but she wasn’t able to unscrew it.

stuck pop up waste

I told her that it should unscrew and to try using some multi-grips with a chux cloth to try and budge it out – but to be careful as this could break the basin.

My friend decided to give up and wait for her husband to come home and undo it. As a last resort I told her to pour some vinegar down the drain, leave it and then come back and see if it would budge.

vinegar pop-up plug and waste

Would you believe, the vinegar worked! It loosened whatever crap was keeping the plug form unscrewing.

The whole ordeal had me second-guessing my knowledge. I thought it was strange that the pop-up plug wouldn’t screw out. I even asked my mum in the car whether her pop-up plugs unscrewed out in case I was completely wrong.

I knew that I was right, but part of me doubted myself and I thought, ‘I’ve been out of the game too long’.

Having kids can do that to you. You’re thrown into the world of babyland – where you know your Bugaboos from your Baby Joggers and your Baby Bjorn from your Ergo Baby. Add in sleep deprivation and a bit of insanity from being asked the same question 5 times because your toddler refuses to hear a ‘no’, and honestly, I understand how mums feel totally incapable of returning to their old job.

But the knowledge and skills are there. They’ve just been over-ridden by motherhood.

The lesson I learned out of Sunday’s ordeal is to trust myself because I know more than I think.

trust yourself

And even if I don’t know the answer, it doesn’t mean I’m incapable, it just means I’ve got room to grow and learn more.

Have you felt incapable since becoming a parent? Do you sometimes worry whether taking time out of the workforce affects your skills?

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