When the water company calls you and tells you there is water spewing from the meter at your house, that’s never a good thing.

A couple of days ago, around 11:30 a.m., I received a phone call from my water company that went a little something like this:

Nice lady at the water company: “Ms. Cowgill, this is “Angela” from your water company. Someone was walking by your house and noticed water shooting from your meter, so one of our guys went over there and shut the water off. When you get home, you won’t have any water.”

Me: “Umm…OH MY GOSH! Any idea what happened?”

Nice lady at the water company: “We don’t. All we know is that it’s on the house side.”

In my mind I’m thinking, my ENTIRE house is flooded, precious family memorabilia and EVERYTHING in my basement is floating in water and TOTALLY RUINED!

Me: “Ok. Thank you so much for the phone call. I’m headed home right now.”

Panic sets in.

I pack up my stuff, tell my boss I may or may not be back today and proceed to leave the office.

I’m not usually the one to panic. I’m usually the one that says “We won’t worry about it until we absolutely have to. It’s all going to be fine.”

Yeah well, not that day!

On my way home, I call the property management company and tell them I may or may not have a water/plumbing emergency, but I’m on my way home to figure out what the heck is going on! I also may or may not have broken the law once or twice on my drive home. I’ll let you jump to your own conclusions on that.

I arrive home, prepared to have a full-fledged meltdown.

Cautiously, I enter my home and begin checking every sink, faucet and pipe upstairs. As I open up my basement door, I expect to see things floating in a pool of water, but guess what — THE BASEMENT IS DRY!! THANK YOU, JESUS!!

So what the heck is the problem then? The lady on the phone said it was on the ‘house side.’

You men reading this know exactly what she meant.

There’s a pipe burst in the ground somewhere on the side of the water line that isn’t the water company’s responsibility.

Ah…I didn’t think about that!

I call the property management company back and tell them to call off the National Guard because the leak isn’t inside my actual home.

Long story short, I ended up having to spend one night with my wonderful momma and one night showering at the gym because I was determined to live off of 12 gallons (4-4 gallon jugs) of water just so I could flush toilets, wash my hands, brush my teeth and make coffee in my own home.

After two days of not having water, the problem is fixed. I’ve never been more grateful to NOT own this home. I can’t imagine what kind of bill that would have been today, especially when he started digging for a second time. I’m grateful for the homeowner who can take care of this!

Never a good sign when he starts digging an even bigger hole.

Patience is a virtue.

I’m a very patient person. Sometimes, too patient. Some people might get super upset and demand the problem get fixed IMMEDIATELY.

My attitude about this?

This situation was out of my control, and b*tching and moaning isn’t going to make something get done any faster in my mind. That’s not the most Christian way to handle something either.

If something like this were ever to happen to you, here is some advice from two friends:

“When life gives you lemons…”


“When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do?”

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My point is, when there are situations beyond your control — chill. Be grateful for things that you do have versus the things that you don’t.

For me, I’m grateful I have a momma that lives close enough and who loves me enough to let me spend the night with her. I’m also grateful that I had heat, even when I didn’t have water. I survived just fine.

Blessings to you!

Aunt Bubba

P.S. Don’t judge me. That’s His job. 🙂