As if I am still 10 years old, it makes me giggle to think that everyone goes to the bathroom. I won’t name names, but EVERYONE goes to the bathroom, myself included. </immaturegiggles>
There is little mystery as to what happens in bathrooms; most likely if I am in the bathroom I’m not using my sewing machine to make a draft dodger (yes, this is the max of my sewing machine skills), or designing a chocolate factory with a t-square, or cataloging all of my books with the Dewey Decimal system. I do know someone who once put together a jig-saw puzzle in the bathroom, but again, I won’t name names.
It has been my understanding that for women, especially mothers, bathrooms are the only places which ensure privacy. In public perhaps, but in my house not so.
Bathrooms must be a mystery to my husband because the moment I shut the door, he pushes it open and inquires as to the activity I might be engaged in. Add a 1 year old child to the mix and what split second of privacy I might have had before my son learned how to open doors, has been totally eliminated.
Use a lock? Unfortunately, locks do not keeps voices and other such chaos out of the bathroom. If I didn’t know any better, I would think that the lock on our bathroom door is magical. Lock it, and a jungle appears in the living room, the kitchen becomes a construction zone, and a crisis team gathers in the dining room to keep the house in good operating order until I unlock the door again. Privacy really matters little if I can’t have quiet.
Honestly, this bothers me little. Bathrooms can be lonely places. Embarrassed, you may wonder? I left my modesty somewhere with the OB-GYN and it would take far more than a performance in the bathroom for an audience of two to embarrass me. I’ve learned to time my bathroom activities to when my husband and son are engaged in other household activities in order to enjoy a moment of peace and privacy.
… but only a moment.
Short of the bathroom door leading to Narnia on the other side where others can’t follow me, my activities in the bathroom will continue to be a family activity.