I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of Two Writing Teachers for creating this supportive community.
Showers are a great place for thinking. I’ve solved world problems, family crises, planned meals, and discovered an idea for a story all while taking a shower. So it stands to reason that this morning, while in the shower and trying to come up with an idea for today’s slice, I decided to pay tribute to showering.
When I was growing up I always took baths, but during college that was not a possibility, so I learned to take a shower. I guess it was at that time that I also learned how convenient it is to wash your hair in the shower. In all the places I lived in before I was married, there was only one that didn’t have a shower. There was an old claw-foot tub that was great for taking a bath, but not for washing my hair. For that, I had to hook up a special hose and lean over the edge of the tub. I was glad I only lived there for about a year.
Then there are the many types of showers you can take – quick showers, long showers, outside showers at the beach, steamy showers, cold showers, even showers with a friend (hopefully a very good friend) or a pet. To get a shower when my kids were babies I would often bring them into the bathroom and sit them on the floor while I stepped inside the stall. Those were definitely quick showers.
But my favorite kind of shower is long and hot. Maybe it’s the way the hot water cascades gently down my back. Maybe it’s the scent of the lavender soap as I lather it on my arms and legs. Maybe it’s that unbeatable feeling of warmth and cleanliness. Maybe it’s all of those things, and more. But whatever it is, a wonderfully wonderful hot shower is luxurious, and certainly something not to be taken for granted.
Enjoy your shower today!