I suspect that it is part of the “great human design” that we don’t remember much about that time of our lives when we didn’t have any control over our bodily functions–and certainly didn’t care about it either.
There comes a time in every child’s life when they do however become aware that it is something they are expected to be aware of–and gain control over. There are libraries full of books about potty training.
I remember when one of my kids (who shall remain nameless so that I get to continue living) had their “aha” moment as he passed gas and said with a proud smile: “I smell something.” After these moments of personal awakening there won’t be another “aha” of similar significance until they figure out sex and then again when they have kids of their own.
I had a, “I smell something,” moment in an attic a while back–and no–it wasn’t me.
Sometimes when a plumbing vent doesn’t make it through the roof the presence of odors will give it away. As you can see, these vents can also vent moisture into the attic. The black and white discoloration on this roof sheathing and rafter, above the pipe, is evidence of such moisture.
Plumbing vents should obviously always terminate above the roof–not in the attic.
Back to the “great human design.”
I would argue that there is a tragic flaw in that design.
When we get really old, and once again revert back to those days of lack of control over our bodily functions, does it not also make sense that we would stop caring–just like we didn’t care when we started out in this world? But then again–perhaps I will find out that we do stop caring–or lose awareness altogether. Doctors do say that we loose our sense of smell as we grow older. Perhaps with good reason.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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