The Bathroom and the Neighbours’ Cat
The chapter is a blow by blow description of one man’s vain attempt to surprise his wife by totally renovating the bathroom while she was out of town for a week. What she found on her return was not pretty. And in the course of the project, I accidentally trapped the neighbours’ cat under the brand new bathroom floor.
An excerpt from the chapter
Suddenly it was time to leave for the airport. And my Mother’s Day gift? A bathroom with bare studs for walls. No floor—just the supporting beams. No tub or shower. No sink or toilet. Somehow, the knowledge that we did have a toilet and a sink in the basement did little to console me. It wasn’t the sort of place where you’d want to spend quality time.
We had a pleasant trip from the airport. I really was glad to see my wife; why spoil the moment by telling her what I was up to?
My pulse quickened as we pulled into the driveway. Bravely, I swung open our front door. Hmm—not bad. Fairly clean, con¬sidering what had transpired, added to the fact that the place had been deprived of any feminine influence for a week. As we climbed the stairs to the main floor, I positioned myself in such a way as to shield Joy’s eyes from the hulking new tub and shower enclosure sitting in the middle of the living room.
Summoning up any courage still remaining in my battered ego, I led my good wife down the hall to the bathroom doorway—the door itself lay on its side in Jonathan’s bedroom—and uttered the rehearsed words, “Happy Mother’s Day!”
It’s hard for a spouse, even a kind, loving one like Joy, to act grateful when part of her world has been destroyed. Phrases like, “I know you meant well,” were mixed with sentiments such as, “I don’t want you to ever do anything around the house again!”
Bill Bonikowsky’s Bio
Bill Bonikowsky is a writer, editor and photographer. Born in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and raised in Guelph ON, Bill currently resides in Surrey BC. He ministered with Youth for Christ for over 27 years as a youth minister and editor of YFC’s monthly newsletter. He pastored a church in Arlington Heights, IL for 2 ½ years, and currently serves as Communications Officer for Alpha Ministries Canada. Bill and his wife Joy have three grown sons and eight grandchildren. Bill and Joy are members of the North Delta Evangelical Free Church in BC.
Why did I write it?
It had been more than ten years since the incident took place, yet friends and family kept bringing it up. So I decided to commit it to paper. While the episode wasn’t funny at the time, it sure is now.