I have heard of reptiles and other things popping up through toilets, sinks and drains but never a hand– but a hand DID make an appearance in my shower. I know — I know you think I am a liar, crazy or delusional at best. That may or may not be true but the fact is a hand really did visit my bathroom..

Perhaps I should start at the beginning. A few weeks ago after a guest showered in the auxiliary washroom, I received frantic calls from the property manager and the owners of the condo one floor down. Water was dripping through their potlights into their shower. After  visits from plumbers and maintenance people it was determined that the problem arose from  corrosion and leaking of my drain pipe at the site of attachment to the  piping connecting the two showers.

To rectify the situation a  plumber using a special tool removed the drain before going   to my downstairs neighbours where he proceeded to reconnect a new drain pipe to the existing piping, This was accomplished through a large hole cut in their ceiling.

I happened to walk past my washroom and saw what looked like wriggling worms coming out of the drain. On closer inspection it was wiggling fingers. I went to get my I pad to take a picture because I figured nobody would believe me. However when I returned the fingers attached to the hand had disappeared.

I am assuming and hopeful that the hand belonged to the plumber. However since this incident I have been having nightmares about hands floating through the air. Hands here, hands there hands everywhere- some clapping, some waving, some pulling my hair. Maybe if I wish really hard I can convert the nightmares into dreams where the hands learn to cook and clean and do laundry,



About epsnider

E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish "WHY ME- a memoir". I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends. A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. "WHY ME? "is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not. I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day. Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour-so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives. My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author-- she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970's and 1980's. I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta's bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language. In addition to "Why Me" I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper. I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged, but I will persevere. - - - - - - - - - - - Writing has been a passion of mine through out my life. Ever since I took a step forward and entered into the world of computers, a new world of opened up for me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life's recent highlights. To my delight, people found me...funny! I then offered to write for my condo newsletter, and I recently had a short memoir published. For the last several years I became glued to my computer, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life's defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done... I wrote a book! AND it's actually published. People are reading it. People are enjoying it. I am thrilled! Plus, it's one of the greatest gifts I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true. My advice to you: Think positive, keep your eye on the prize, and you too can enjoy as your dreams and desires come to fruition.
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8 Responses to THE HAND IN MY SHOWER.

  1. You had me going there for awhile! So funny. (P.S. how is the arm? I hope fully functionally – maybe that is why you are having dreams – you needed an extra hand/arm!)


  2. epsnider says:

    Thanks Cinda. You are right. My left arm could use a hand as it is not fully functional but certainly better than it was.Apparently the healing process can go on for a year. Hope you and yours are well and you are continuing to smell the flowers.

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  3. Janie Shendelman says:

    Only you could write that article. Warren laughed his head off and said, “That Elaine has such a talent for writing” We all agree how amazing you are and what an imagination you have.

    Luv you Janie


  4. mycatgrady says:

    I’m all in favor of someone /thing comes when you’re not in the apartment and ‘they/it’ fix everything that’s broken, do your washing and ironing and leave a lovely dinner for you to enjoy without payment of any sort and they do this just when you least expect it and ‘they’ turn out to be the Crew of Candid Camera who filmed everything they did on a Video for CBC and showed your face when you opened the door, stepped into the apartment and totally freaked out on national television.

    (….my weird remark for today and no animals were hurt or abused in the writing of this remark…)

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  5. epsnider says:

    Used to love Candid Camera


  6. Reene Katz says:

    Wish I could sing, but if I could Ibeould sing, “Only you……..”


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