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The case of the clogged sink and the missing Allen Wrench

The case of the clogged sink and the missing Allen Wrench

Being a mom is hard work. You try to keep it all together. You cook and clean and you fix the garbage disposal when it jams.

It is simple. Just take an Allen Wrench stick it in the bottom of the garbage disposal and turn it.

The only problem is I don’t know where the Allen Wrench is.

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Do you know what an Allen Wrench looks like? It looks like this…

Oops, I was going to go and get my Allen Wrench to photograph it so I could show you. Then I realized if I knew where it was I wouldn’t be writing this story.

An  Allen Wrench is a L-shaped metal bar with a six-sided head at each end, used to turn bolts and screws having a six-sided socket.

An Allen Wrench

The case of the clogged sink and the Missing Allen Wrench. 

Once upon a time there was a Mommy who slaved over a hot stove. She fed her children the same meal for three days.

Why should she could anything new? A pot roast could last for at least three days.

The children rebelled and stuffed carrot peelings down the garbage disposal.

The sink was clogged.

The Mommy didn’t have a car that day so she couldn’t go to the store and buy a new Allen Wrench, and she never put anything away in the same place, so she couldn’t find her Allen Wrench.

Somewhere in the home were ten hammers. And somewhere in the home was an Allen Wrench.

The Daddy came home and took the children to McDonald’s and the Mommy ate the left-over Pot Roast.


I posted on my facebook wall today — Universal Truth #11: If you put your Allen Wrench away in a “safe spot” you won’t be able to find it when your garbage disposal gets clogged. #kitchenisamess #sinkclogged

Mr. Matthew A. Davies suggested: “If you find it. Tape it to the wall under the sink.”

Brilliant idea Mr. Davies. When I find it I will do that.

Now back to my leftovers.

All the best,

Nothing can last forever. There isn’t any memory, no matter how intense, that doesn’t fade out at last.
― Juan Rulfo

Please tell me how you keep track of your Allen Wrench’s and your Hammers in the comments.  Please give me suggestions on how to avoid having “safe spots” that I can never find again.  I need help. I think Mr. Rulfo doesn’t remember where his Allen Wrench is either. Unless he wrote it down.

Hey, does anyone have an Allen Wrench I can borrow? 

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  • La McCoy

    Sink clogs have great timing!

  • Loved this one. Have to share it. You are a riot, Pamela.
    We have a junk drawer. There are certain things that live in that drawer. Others have just moved in. We know that the phillips and flat screwdriver live there. They get their mail there. We know new batteries live there too. Sometimes the residents visit other places, but they always know where to hang their hats.

    The thing is Pamela, if you didn’t lose anything we would. We’d lose the opportunity to laugh. You know humor.

    • Oh Anne,
      I am so glad I helped you laugh. It you saw how messy my kitchen was, then you would really laugh. I frantically sweep the floor while a repair man was out at his truck, so he didn’t think I was a bad housekeeper.
      My Allen Wrench use to live in the junk drawer, but when I cleaned it out, I forgot why he had a home there.
      So glad the residents of your junk drawer know where they live. Perhaps some of them could visit my junk drawer. Then I could stop having to buy new tools.
      Okay, I will keep writing humour.

  • Valorie MacDonald

    Whenever my mom and dad would visit, he would try to help me with some fix.it projects but we would never be able to find the proper tools! It happened so often, my mom felt bad for me and bought me a pink tool case for Christmas one year. “Your wonderful hubby won’t want to use a pink hammer,” she assured me. She was wrong. My amazing and wonderful hubby is apparently so dedicated to fixing things that he doesn’t care if someone sees him holding a pink hammer…or a pink screwdriver….In the end I have a super cute and super empty pink tool case. SO then I suppose I am of no help to you;)

    • What a thoughtful gift from your parents. Now, if only you could find something your husband is not ashamed to use. Perhaps he needs to be scolded for not returning something he borrowed. Or hugged for using it to fix broken things.
      I went out and bought an Allen Wrench. It was time, we were all out of clean silverware an dishes.

  • Two for prevention and one for cure:
    1. Don’t have too much stuff, then the stuff you do have will be easier to find.
    2. Put everything away after you use it. Put it in the same place every time.
    3. Ask St. Anthony to help you, he is the patron saint of lost things.

    • Hello Kathleen,
      Thank you for your suggestions. I am working on #1. I will let you know when I find my original set of Allen Wrench’s.
      2. I will create a place for everything and put it there after I use it.
      3. Do I write a letter to St. Anthony, or do I just pray to him. And couldn’t I just pray directly to God? Is he like a middle manager on God’s team?

      • As a non-Catholic, I don’t pray to St. Anthony, I just ask him for help. He is definitely on God’s team.

  • Iya Hannum

    This was profoundly amusing, my friend. Would you like me to run an Allen wrench over this afternoon? I could also return the other item I have of yours 🙂 And, if it makes you feel any better, I have, in fact, misplaced my children. Several times.

    • Iya,
      I am so thankful you were able to find your children after misplacing them. And, yes it does make me feel better.
      Thank you for the offer of bringing over an Allen Wrench. I had to buy one yesterday, as we had no clean silverware or dishes.
      I look forward to seeing you today.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    I know this might sound weird to some, but I keep my allen-wrench under the sink in a metal cake pan right near the garburator, also in the pan are other items needed for repair work around the kitchen……hope this helps in the future. 🙂

    • Hi Mom,
      You have always been organized. My new Allen Wrench is under the sink. Now if I could only find the tape, I can tape it to the garbage disposal.
      This will help Mom, thank you.

  • Anastacia

    Pamela, when I first started reading this I thought you were going to find it inside the garbage disposal. The only way I can remember where I put something is if I have a set place I put it every time. The only problem is I don’t have a set place for everything. Thus my goal to get organized this year. 🙂 I hope you find it!

    • Yes, me too Anastacia. I can find my hammer if I have a set place for it. The only problem is I don’t remember where the place is.

  • Your allen-wrench story brought back memories of my times as a pedal steel guitarist transporting the instrument to local gigs and back. It has a row of pedals near the floor attached to a crossmember. Depressing/releasing these pedals, which are attached to a truly ingenious mechanism, raises or lowers the pitch of certain strings when needed while playing; but the mechanism could get out of adjustment during tear-down, transport and set-up of the instrument, causing pedaled notes to go out of tune. The way you re-adjusted them was a cluster of 7/32″ allen-head fittings at the right end of the guitar. You can bet that little allen-head wrench had its own special place in the guitar’s case, and I never once misplaced it, not once. For a guy who has (more than once) misplaced things like his homework, his car-keys, his cap and the street on which he lived, that’s an amazing record. Shows you where my priorities are.

    • John,
      Yes, that does show where your priorities are. Your guitar playing sounds so interesting. I obviously don’t value being able to wash my dishes.
      The only thing I have never misplaced is my children. And maybe my light meter when I was a photographer.