Thoughts & Ideas

Shower habits.

21 July, 2008 (19:44) | Thoughts & Ideas

So I’m taking a shower, and I’m doing my Stevie Wonder impression facing the water, and I wonder where I learned that behavior.  I mean, I don’t think I was ever told how to take a shower.  Sure, we all were washed in the tub growing up, sometimes with others, but when we got old enough to take a shower, you were just pointed in the right direction, told how to engage the shower head, and left to it.  Weird.  I think that’s why so many people have so many different ways of taking showers.  Some people like "me time" in the shower and just hang out and sing and do whatever you want to because you’re naked and no one is around.  Some people just want to get in and out for those same reasons; you’re naked and no one is around.  There’s certainly a ritual that goes into taking showers too, that just develops like a Pavlovian response.  Water falling on my head — grab the shampoo.  It’s all taboo too, isn’t it?  You can’t ask someone what they do in the shower in normal dinner conversation.  You can ask someone what their morning routine is, or their normal route to work, or even the way they like their ice-cream, but shower time is private time.  I’m not saying I’m wanting to ask people the question, just that there are tons of variations that include radios, brushing teeth, rinsing and repeating, duration, and so much more, that really gives some insight into the personality of a person, but no one talks about it.