Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sacred Space, or how the Bathroom has become our social club

I just sat here and had a 15 minute conversation with two fellow moms about how privacy in the bathroom does not exist for a mother.
For some reason, the bathroom is open forum for kids to come and go and discuss whatever with their moms. It doesn't matter the age either.

Mom#1: I'll be sitting there with my drawers on my ankles and they just come in to talk to me as if this is acceptable social behaviour.

Me: This morning, my infant son stood by the edge of the tub watching me shower. At least I knew he was safe. Then my daughter knocks on the door and asks if she can 'watch me shower'. Apparently I'm performance art.

Do men have these issues?
My husband doesn't. He locks the bathroom door.
Last time I tried that, I had to try to relieve myself with ongoing banging and a conversation between a door that I'm sure our neighbors heard.

DD: Mom, why did you lock the door?
Me: Because I need some privacy.
DD: But I'm not allowed to lock the door.
Me: Yes, but for Mommy it is ok sometimes to lock the door.
DD: Are you peeing or pooping?
Me: What?
DD: Are you peeing or pooping?
Me: Pooping.
DD: Is is stinky? Is it hard poops? Did you eat your vegetables?
Me: Why don't you check out the new puzzle book and I'll be out soon.
DD: {loud noises of items being dragged to and fro}
Me: Honey, what are you doing?
DD: {silence}

That's the kind of silence you don't like. That's the kind of silence that causes your natural body functions to completely shut down as your body knows you must get out there to see what destruction awaits you.
It's the kind of silence that leads to you going out to find she's dragged her chalkboard through the hallway, pulling all the rugs with it and scuffing the wooden floor underneath.