The Hose in Your Life by Bill Storie
Here in Bermuda we catch the water for our domestic use, coming off the roof of the house. Every house has a tank under the house to catch and store the rain water. It a reasonably efficient system until we have little rain for a while (or have a leak in the tank). If the water level goes down we have to top it up from an external source (we haven’t worked out yet how to perform an Indian Rain Dance to create rain – one day perhaps.
There are two external sources.
One is a water truck. This involves calling a water delivery company to bring a load (usually 800-1,000 gallons) of water which they get from massive underground well across the island. They have to go to the well, bring up the water into the truck, then drive to your home and pump it into your tank. Simple right?
Nope. During times of little rain, everyone is calling the water truck guys and they get backed up, so it could be a week before they to you. If you’re out of water, too bad. The cost is also a challenge – anything from US$ 80 up, per load !!!
The other external source is having a piped system coming along your road with a manhole cover and a tap thing which you hook up to with a hose, then run the hose to your tank. Cheaper but can be awkward - especially if the hose has a leak in it.
So, guess what happened to me yesterday?
Yup. I ran out of water, but I do have the piped system so no problem, right?
I open the manhole cover, attach the hose, run the hose into the tank (100 feet away in my case), back to turn it on, and the water gushes out. Not through the hose unfortunately, but down the street. The hose had a hole.
There’s a moral to this story somewhere, I’m getting to it.
When the water was coming out at the tank end it was just a trickle, so I had to check the entire length of the hose to see where the holes were and figure whether I could patch them temporarily to get water into the tank.
It made me think about some life situations.
When a friendship, or perhaps a family relationship hits a bad patch we usually wonder what has gone wrong. Did I say something bad? Did I not do something? Did I make a mistake?
I’ve done something, but I don’t know what I’ve done. This sound familiar?
So, what do we do?
We check our hose.
We think back over the past few hours or days or weeks to see where the holes are. It’s not immediately evident where the leaks are, but we do know there are leaks.
We must find them, in order, to patch them, temporarily or permanently – but we must find them first before we can fix them. Sometimes the recollection process of wandering back along our “hose” can be difficult. Sometimes we just never find the holes.
The relationship is down to a trickle – we’re not speaking to each other, or we’re being frosty to each other, or we go for a long walk to get out of the house.
We need to get the trickle back to normal. So, we fix the hose – or, as I did yesterday, I bought a new hose.
Isn’t it funny how simple everyday things in life can have another, entirely separate meaning or application?
Maybe you should check your hose more often rather than having to get a new one.
By Bill Storie