Okay. Are you ready for my random thinking for today? Here is my question for you to ponder. Be honest. Take your time. Think about your answer. Okay, the question is “Is it okay to eat food in your bathroom?”
Most people that I asked, wrinkled up their nose, looked horrified, even shook their head and said, “E-w-w-w-w! No. Yuck! Who does that?” The general consensus seemed to be that they would definitely disapprove of someone sitting in the bathroom, eating. Most were quite adamant with their answer. Then, of course, they’d look at me suspiciously and say something like “Why are you asking? What is this leading to?” These people, my people, know me. [Smile.]
Well. After all that build-up, here’s the totally random, scary thought. Where do you keep your toothbrush? Yeah. In the bathroom. And. Where do you use it? Again. In the bathroom. You do this, and quite honestly, most people do, but they all think it is icky to put food in their mouth, in the bathroom. I do not eat in the bathroom, personally, but I think there are definite rules that need to change somewhere.
I, of course, knew that they would wonder. Knew that they were now waiting for my explanation. I love this moment. It is great! I was not surprised by the reactions of the people that I asked this question about food. I was expecting their reactions to be somewhat adamant. These people are used to me having these random thoughts and I suspect they wait expectantly for my next one. Breathless, I am sure. Well. The question has been bothering me for some time and I just decided it was worth asking people about.
The more I thought about it, the more determined I became to make a point about it. It is odd, really. People are extremely opinionated about this subject. Most would not do it, nor would they allow someone else to do so. It just is not done. It is gross. Etcetera.
Now. I ask you. “Where do you keep your toothbrush?” Did you answer “in the bathroom.”? I thought so. Most people do keep their toothbrush in the bathroom.
One woman gritted her teeth and said, “you know, it’s a really gross thing but they have done tests on toothbrushes in bathrooms and they have found traces of feces on them.” The toilet flushes and that poop-water goes airborne. It compares to those little cold water humidifier units that you buy to put moisture into the air of your house in the winter.
I don’t know about you, but I find this to be a somewhat disturbing thought. Now, on to a more perplexing problem: where the heck do you brush your teeth now that you have your eyes opened to the bathroom problem?
Seriously now. I have really thought about this question lately. Is it a big deal to eat in the bathroom? What is your opinion on the subject? Is it okay to do it under special conditions, like, you are stuck in a bathroom waiting out a tornado warning?
Oh, that is another thing that bothers me. It’s in the summer, when you are instructed to go into your basement and crawl into some random corner to protect yourself from winds that could rip your house off the foundation.
Okay. Suppose you go into your basement. The tornado comes, tears your house off the foundation, or maybe it tips it over. You are stuck in the basement. Stuck, and, the bathroom upstairs has broken pipes now. There is water gushing into your basement.
Sure. You’ve survived the wind, but now, darn it, you are going to drown from the torrent of water that is going to fill up your basement, since two facts now are evident. You don’t have electricity to operate your sump pump and your toilet water is pouring into your house.
No. You do not want me to get started on any storm related problems. It could get to be a whole other story. Yes, and another point, if you go into the bathroom at work or some storm protection room, the tornado hits, the roof collapses and you all die together. H-m-m-m. It just make it that much easier for the storm cleanup crew to find the collection of dead bodies? Oh, you might survive it, you never know.
Nope. It is probably not worth thinking about, but seriously, back to my original random thought… Is it okay to eat in your bathroom? Well. I guess that is up to the person. I still think that it is amazing that people use their toothbrush in the bathroom and do not think anything of it.