Wednesday - May 05, 2010
Having both my mother and mother-in-law live with us has been a challenging prospect. Sure, there are benefits as both of them treat me as though I’m their little boy. Then there’s the downside as both of them treat me as though I’m their little boy.
One thing I’m not quite used to yet is a lack of privacy. Not that they’re invasive or anything, but because we all live in close quarters it’s pretty tough to catch some “me” time. We might as well be living in a submarine.
About the only place I can be alone is in the shower. Now, contrary to what some of you might think, I don’t live in a mansion in an upscale neighborhood. I live in a middle-class home in a great middle-class neighborhood. The one exception is that our house used to belong to an architect.
So the shower in our master bathroom is unique in that along the length of the bathtub is a window box to our back lanai. The lanai is secluded with high walls and plants so there’s no worry of the neighbors getting an eyeful.
The other day I was taking a shower in the late afternoon. It was great as the sunlight bathed the room and I had some momentary solitude. Just then I looked out the window and saw that my mom was right outside it tending to some plants. I immediately dropped down into the tub.
I started yelling, “Ma, I’m trying to take a shower here!” She looked up and around as though she didn’t know where her son’s voice was coming from. Eventually she walked away and I ended up with shriveled prune skin fingertips.
I walked out, still drying myself with a towel, and confronted my mother. I pleaded for some privacy and said that I certainly didn’t want her to see me naked taking a shower. She brushed it off saying, “I used to change your diapers.”
OK, she gets a pass, as I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
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