You want me to give up my what?
This week’s ‘change the world Wednesday‘ Challenge arrived in my inbox after I’d put the immersion heater on for a bath.
I was feeling cold and miserable and decided the only way to pull myself out of my mood was to luxuriate for half an hour in a few gallons of hot water.
The challenge read “This week take only showers and limit them to no more than 5 minutes each”.
So one could say I’ve failed already, but perhaps I can salvage things a little here.
Firstly, in my defence, I have a shower and shower screen at the ready to install, thanks to the wonderful initiative Freecycle. I’ve had them here for about 18 months, but you know how it is; best laid plans and all that…
Secondly, I would imagine we are Waaaaaay below average for the numbers of baths we have in this household. I almost feel a bit weird admitting to it for fear of being judged or labelled, but we have around two baths a week each.
This is just ‘normal’ for me – the rest of the week we wash; ya know, anything that is dirty or stinky and no one has run screaming in the other direction yet when I’ve offered them a cuddle.
However, I discovered when talking to friends that I am FAR from normal. One of my bestest friends in the entire Universe has TWO showers DAILY. That’s her, two kids and her husband. They’re just a regular family like us – no sweaty physical jobs, no workouts at the gym, no kids that are any muddier than mine but they’re having EIGHT showers a day between them. Phew!
Third, we recycle the bath water. Well, ok then, we bathe with a friend. Well, ya know what I mean – Mr Green and I share a bath and yep, we’ve even been known to hand over our sullied waters to Little Miss Green afterwards for a soak.
Is that bad? It feels bad writing it, but I know it’s not. It’s just that many others don’t partake of such behaviours and we’re all so gung ho in the Western World about cleanliness and germs and sanitising to within an inch of our lives that I can just see people reading this, taking a sharp intake of breath and disengaging with me from their RSS feeds.
So there we are. I won’t be swapping my baths for 5 minute showers, but between 3 of us we’ll probably run about 4 baths for the week; we’ll share and share alike and I might even pull out a bucket or two for watering the plants; how about that?!
Come on – share your dirty little secrets with me; how many baths or showers do you take a week?