Our water-softener developed a small leak in tank. My darling husband called in the man who installed it originally about 15 years ago for the previous (original) owner of our current house. She was a widower, so he installed a small unit.
The fix-it guy arrived today and was talking through what he’d have to do with my husband. (Note that he walked right past two of our children on the way in.) He casually asked, “Just the two of you?”
My husband replied, “No, five kids too.”
The guy immediately must have thought he heard wrong. He said, “Five what?”
My husband repeated, “Five kids.”
I was in the other room and started laughing. Finally, after several repeats, my husband got through to the guy that we have five children. He was adamant that the unit would never do for a family of seven unless it was regenerating each night. We replied that it used to do it every seven days, but now it was more like every five and sometimes six. He was amazed. Shocked at the number of children. Said if it regenerated every three days, we were doing well with water usage.
He said there was no way a normal family of seven (or even five, which is what he started calculating for before he corrected himself) could use so little water.
Who knew we were such conservationists?