Confession #21: Baths and Showers

oldafterI haven’t done a “confession” entry in a while, and the subject of showers has arisen on several entries this week, so here’s one from my childhood.

It’s my perception that most kids take baths for the first few years of life, and then they graduate to showers at a certain age. Maybe 5 or 6? You can tell me in the comments.

I didn’t switch from baths to showers until I was 12 years old.

Here’s the deal: Baths are awesome, especially when you’re a kid and you have boats and toys that change color in hot or cold water. I saw no reason to switch to showers when baths were an option.

I also wasn’t aware that this wasn’t normal. Over time, though, I started to suspect that baths weren’t optimal for actually getting clean. You essentially sit in your own filth for 20 minutes, and it’s hard to wash your face or hair. It’s also kind of hard to fit into the tub when you’re a growing teenager.

I wish I could remember the exact day when I took my first shower. It seems like a pretty big life event. At the time, I think I just resigned myself to it. It was just another part of growing up.

Someday when I’m old, I’m going to switch back to baths. It’ll be a good day.