• T. Mark Mangum

Real-Life Struggles

Dad humor, from a father of six. Toilet troubles.

I went to use one of the bathrooms downstairs where most of the kids dwell. At the bottom of the stairs, I stepped in a puddle that covered the floor but had yet to reach the family room’s carpeted area. I said out loud, “When I said get the dog some water, this is not what I meant.” I woke one of the wee folks who dwell in the dungeon and sent him to the garage for my Shop-Vac. Following the flow of water to its origins, I discovered an overflowing toilet tank. I could go into details as to why this was happening, but that might be too much for this story. After diagnosing the issue, I determined that several items were needed from the hardware store but, I would not be able to get to it until tomorrow. So, I turned off the valve that feeds the toilet water and posted the following note in large characters on the wall next to the toilet.

“To all who dwell in the nether reaches of Mangum Manor (I mean you, Javin, Young, Thomas, and JT), Until I get around to fixing the toilet, follow the instructions in this note.”

1. Turn on the water to the toilet. (I have turned it off.) Bend over, and look for the valve left side near the floor. Yes, I actually mean do this.

2. Do your business. I don’t mean chat with your friends or watch TikTok.

3. Flush! Wait! I need you to stand here and wait till the tank fills with water. That is right, stand there and watch the tank fill with water.

4. Bend over and turn off the valve. Again, yes, I actually mean do this.

Failure to follow these instructions will cause the floor to get wet. I will then think you can’t read. I know better. I helped teach you how to read.

Do not fail to read! Bad things happen to those who fail to read.

Love Dad.”


Thank you for reading and enjoying Real Life Struggles, Dad Humor from a Father of Six. I hope they bring you happiness.


Copyright: T. Mark Mangum, 2020. All rights reserved. No part of my story may be copied, reprinted, or published without my written consent.

T. Mark Mangum, is the product of the 60s and 70s, his imagination, wonder, thoughts, and ponderings, emboldened by Star Trek, Star Wars, Conan the Barbarian, and The Hobbit. He loves a good story and hopes you will love reading his stories. Veteran, Father, TTRPG, and Board Game Junkie. He spent 20 years in the United States Army, another 10 working for the government, before realizing he should write.

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