Here's Julio and Juan Carlos' ceiling:
Not good. It's dripping water and the drywall is falling off even as I type.
We had a plumber come out today who said this is a MAJOR drainage problem that will take at least a month to fix. A month? Do you know what a *month* means in Brazil (at least in this part of Brazil)? It's a whole lot closer to 3, 4 or 5 months (you just never know, but you do know it's going to be a lot longer than their estimate). He also mentioned that eventually (tomorrow? next week? in 5 years?), in the living room which is directly above the boys room, the water seeping through the walls will cause the floor to give off an electrical shock to anyone walking on it.
Guapo say he just said that to be dramatic and to freak me out. Guess what? It worked. I have this awful picture in my head now of poor Pedro's little body stiffening up as he unknowingly enters a electrical force field while cruising across the room to rewind his Blue's Clues video (yes, we still have a VHS player and videos and it's a dang good thing because Pedro recently broke our DVD player).
But I'm not sure what's worse, the ceiling falling on my kids, Pedro and the rest of us receiving periodic shock treatments, or, having a crew of men in my house for some indefinite period of time making holes in the ceilings (and floors). I can almost hear the pounding now.
Oh how I wish I could just put a big band aid over the hole and pretend there's no problem just until we move.