Last year I wrote a piece about whether toilet paper should be fed from the bottom or over the top of the roll. To say it created quite a
shit storm of comment would be an under statement. It was amazing the strong feeling generated by each camp. Who would have thought that the orientation of the feed would create such controversy.
But where do you stand on the shower V bath issue?
As a baby, toddler and dare I say a good portion of primary school the bath was the only option. Now the bath could also take many forms. The kitchen sink or a wash basin was used on occasions when a more formalised and permanent repository for water was unavailable. None of our tax deductions seemed to care as long as a floating toy was available.
As a water saving initiative the bath has no peer. To save on water one child after another would have a turn at sharing the skin flakes of their siblings. But the real treat was when they got to share the water together. In a funny sort of way I think they’ve all grown a little closer for the experience.
The thousands spent on therapy have been worth it. You can hardly notice the mental trauma or twitching these days when a tap is turned on.
Speaking for myself I can’t seem to clearly remember when it happened but at some stage during my own primary school years I found myself standing under a stream of water instead of luxuriating in my tub. Over the years it is the shower that has become the norm simply because of it speed and efficiency but every now and again I treat myself to the sensation of lying in my own filth. Especially after a hard day on the tools, a bath with salts and a beer to wash away the dust is one of life’s simple pleasures.
The bath truly is one of life’s great escape destinations. To take the time to be with ones self (or with a loved one) and to not give a toss about what is happening outside the closed door. The shower just can’t capture the same experience.
And if I’ve remembered when first running the water I’ll be accompanied in my bath by a gigantic array of bubbles with which to form into all manner of objects. Truly, is there anything that feels better than a bubble bath beard?
How about you – Is it a bath or a shower that floats your boat?