The Porcelain Marvel

I was out of town for a few days (hence the lack of posting), which always gives me a fresh perspective on things when I come home. This morning in the shower (still the best place to think) I started reflecting on the marvel that is the modern bathroom.

When you think about it, there are so many little things that really improve the quality of our lives, but we don’t often stop to appreciate them. The shower itself (in conjunction with the water heater, of course) is one thing I greatly appreciate. I love being able to have hot water spray down just by turning a knob. I’m not a big fan of taking baths, since you end up sitting in the dirt you just took the trouble to wash off.

The toilet is another wonderful invention. I am amazed at how well it works without electricity, assuring that even in a power outage you can still fulfill bodily needs. Think about how good modern bathrooms smell (due in part to bathroom fans—a greatly underrated component of the bathroom) compared to outhouses. If you’ve never used an outhouse, consider yourself lucky.

Then there is the mirror, allowing us to improve (and fret over) our appearance. Many a date-night-pimple-related embarrassment has been avoided because of mirrors.

Then there is the sink. Much like the shower, this allows us to wash our hands (or whatever else we can stick under there), get cold drinking water, and wash bugs down the drain. We owe much of our health to the sink, I bet.

I could go on to mention towel racks, bath mats, and toilet plungers, but I’m sure you get the idea. So take a moment to stop end silently acknowledge your gratitude for the bathroom.

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