In Praise of the Shower

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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!


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9 Responses to In Praise of the Shower

  1. You’re so right, I live in a place where most people don’t have access to running water (I do) so a shower is a privilege and a wonderful place to solve the world’s problems!

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  2. dianeandlynne says:

    Ah! Nothing like a long, hot shower, Rose. When I broke my ankle, I had to wear a rubber boot in the shower, and also had to sit since I couldn’t put weight on the ankle. Definitely, those were short showers! Felt so good to get rid of the boot.

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  3. Natasha says:

    Yes! Showers are definitely worth writing an homage about. This makes me think I need to take the time to appreciate mine tomorrow.

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  4. Fran Haley says:

    Rose – I sometimes get my best thoughts in the shower when I can’t write them down! I have wondered several times if I should invest in a special board & marker to go in there so I don’t lose the thoughts. What is it about the water cascading and the thoughts stirring? Love this piece. 🙂

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  5. arjeha says:

    After I finish washing I love to just stand under the shower and let the water cascade down my body. BTW, I didn’t see in your list where you sang the world’s greatest arias while in the shower. 🙂

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  6. khays41 says:

    My favorite showers happen on Saturday and Sundays where there is no hurry. I especially like those days because no one else is following my shower and I can use as much hot water as I would like. Great tribute!

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  7. elsie says:

    I love your list of the types of showers. I had never pondered that before. I had to laugh at your shower with a friend. A friend once said showering with two is not an enjoyable shower, someone is always cold. I do appreciate our shower.

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  8. aileenhower says:

    Showering is my second favorite thing to do next to sleeping. This post is wonderfully, sense-fully descriptive!

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