Hey Daddy, What’s a Plunger?


Children say the darndest things, especially when confronted with household objects they have never seen before.

Barry Canipe, the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of American Standard sent us this story about the first time his son saw a particular household item that is a necessity in many homes, but not in homes that have American Standard toilets. Barry and the Professor both agreed it was too funny not to share:

We were vacationing at the Jersey shore and staying in a huge, lovely home just two houses from the beach. Shortly after arriving, my six year old son James had to go to the bathroom. I pointed him down the hall and in a few minutes he came back and had a confused look on his face.

He said, “Daddy, what is that thing in the corner of the bathroom?” Not having any idea what he was talking about, I went with him to investigate. That thing was a plunger sitting right next to a Kohler toilet.

I explained that it was a “plunger” and being six years old, he had questions lined up for me. He asked, “What does it do?” and I explained that it was used when the toilet gets stopped up. Now he was more confused.

His next question was, “Why don’t we have one of those?” My response was, “Since you were born, we’ve had American Standard toilets in our house and have never needed one.” He accepted my answer, but thought we should have one anyway so he can use it as a fake Star Wars light saber.smiling son

A resourceful child, if the Professor ever knew one.

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