In the wake of unseasonal winter weather across parts of southern United States, a Louisiana mom came up with an ingenious bathing solution when her family lost water service at their Shreveport home. With plenty of snow and a propane torch, she repurposed a crawfish pot as an outdoor bathtub for her five kids.
Marie Harper’s family lost water service on Feb. 17, but that didn’t stop bath time from happening.
Marie’s sister Danielle Manning, a meteorologist, posted on Twitter about how the ingenious bath hack came together. “Y’all … I cannot. I’m dying,” she captioned. “With no water service, my sister just used their crawfish pot to melt snow and warm up the water in order to give the kids a bath.”
Marie noticed some of her friends were taking the initiative to warm snow to bathe their children, and decided to do the same. Danielle told Fox 8 that her sister figured the crawfish pot would be the “perfect equipment” to facilitate bath time, and a novel way to cope amidst otherwise serious circumstances.
One netizen called the phenomenon “the most Cajun thing I’ve ever seen.” Another commented, “I may have finally just seen it all …”
“They figured it would be a fun memory of a not so fun situation,” Danielle explained. Adding to the motif, Marie used a wooden crawfish paddle to stir the melting snow.
Danielle delved into the Twitter comments section to offer an important word of caution for anyone wishing to employ the crawfish pot technique. “One quick note for anyone who may try this,” she commented. “Once the snow melted they had to put the whole pot on top of frozen snow to cool the bottom on the pot so it wouldn’t burn the kids.”
Marie also posted a video clip on Facebook to share her kids’ memorable bath time with the world. “We’ve got nothing but time (and did I mention clean children?)” she captioned.
Marie ‘s daughter Elise, 6, admitted to a USA Today affiliate that she enjoyed being “kind of famous.”
“I’m also a little nervous about strangers wanting to take my picture on the street,” she shared. “But mostly I’m excited!”