People’s potty habits tend to be pretty private. Private and odd. And since I’m traveling right now, I’ve been privy to the habits of several different species of women for the last 28 hours. I’m on a two week vacation that involves what should be two 23 hour road trips with my two toddlers, and two of my other four daughters (ages 15 and 16). The extra five hours are compliments of the two babies, who took a few hours to get into the spirit of things. And by "spirit" I mean, "NO YOU ARE NOT GETTING UP, AND THE LOUDER YOU CRY, THE LOUDER I TURN THE RADIO UP!!!"
But I digress.
Here are some interesting things I have learned about my special family, and other people, as they relate to the use of public restrooms.
1. Danae has no problem with anyone knowing she has to change her tampon. I’m pretty sure I was 26 before I could utter that word in front of anyone else, let alone my dad or siblings. And she didn’t need to pee, just change her tampon. I tried to explain to her that it was definitely TMI, but she said, “Well I don’t have to use the restroom, I just have to change tampons.” At that point I gave up.
2. I close my eyes and hold my breath while flushing. Which only happens if I can use my foot to flush.
3. Lots of people don’t flush. Those are the stalls I don’t go in.
4. I tend to only use the handicapped accessible stalls.
5. If it’s full, I’ll wait. I like elbow room. And not hitting my head when I squat.
6. If I can’t use my foot to flush, I get more TP and then chuck it in the toilet while it’s flushing and hope it’s fast enough to make the drain.
7. Some women, (I think they were Muslim), at use cups of water to rinse themselves prior to wiping. They shared the cup by refilling it and passing it under the stall door. Might have to research that practice.
8. One of those women had uglier feet than me, which made me feel better about my crusty Flintstone Feet. (I was waiting for my Immodium to kick in while observing this one. Apparently my tummy was not up for road food.)
9. Most people are embarrassed by gas in a restroom and will not talk if they are in the act of it.
10. Drunk people, it seems, are not embarrassed by anything in a public restroom. Including talking to someone actively engaged in expelling gas.
11. I go barefoot a lot of places, and will allow my children to do the same, but I draw the line at gas station restrooms.
12. There are a frightening number of people who do not follow the rule above.
13. I am going to start a boycott list of places that do not have changing tables.
14. Changing diapers in the front seat of my new van is an exercise in “Don’t get poo on the seats!”
15. My dog is very interested in pee, especially if it isn’t hers. But then, this is the same beast who eats dirty diapers.
16. Gas station restrooms run the gambit between “barely tolerable,” and, “Oh look!! They have a Pleasure Center on the wall instead of a tampon dispenser!”
17. I saw a girl today finish rinsing her hair after washing it in the sink and progress to drying it under the hand dryer at a rest area. That’s someone desperate for something. But for what I have no idea.
18. No one who has the dispensers for toilet seat covers ever actually has them.
19. And if they do, does anyone else have the problem of them sticking inappropriately?
ba-deep ba-deep ba-deep . . .
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