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February 25.23: Coping, but barely


My mother was the queen of the quick evening bath and usually exited the bathroom relaxed and comfy in nightgown and robe. There was, however, one time when she blasted out of the bathroom in a foam of mom expletives.

It seemed that, as she started to get into the bathtub, she noticed there was a washcloth but no soap. So she took the two steps to the linen closet to get some soap. As she started to get into the tub again, she noticed that she had two washcloths but still no soap. Back the two steps to the linen closet for the soap. As she once again started to get into the tub, she blew her last gasket: washcloths, 3; soap, 0.

Unlike us, she was not amused.

Of course I have no idea why this came to mind.


16 thoughts on “February 25.23: Coping, but barely

  1. I don’t know why that memory popped into your mind Maureen, but I’m glad it did. I’m laughing so hard I’m crying! Your poor mom! I’ll bet you laugh about this to this day!

  2. Yesss! The Mom Eye could make you shake in your boots. Especially the two on the back of my mom’s head! They missed NOTHING!

  3. This is me getting in the shower and realizing there is only a sliver of soap. Not happening! I will walk dripping wet to the linen closet in the other bathroom to get a new bar–a big bar, thankyouverymuch! No slivers for me.
    Have you had your coffee yet? 😆☕

  4. That’s an odd memory to pop into your head, but like the rest of the folks here, I’m glad it did.

  5. It sounds like maybe your mother was approaching my age because it seems like I encounter these experiences fairly regularly these days. 🙂 I also will drip water to get a full bar of soap that I forgot to get the last two times. I also haven’t taken a ‘bath’ in years since we put in a large shower. Soaking in a tub would be wonderful but embarrassing when I have to call the fire department for a ‘lift’ to get out. 🙂

    • I don’t even need the fire department to be embarrassed! I’ve been embarrassing myself at all the times I forget what I’m doing. All I have to do is turn around and — poof! — it’s gone, and I’m standing there, maybe not with three washcloths and no soap, but with no idea what I intended to do. Those large showers are one of the great inventions of all times, I think. Bathrooms should come with soap that replaces itself!

      • When we were talking with the architect, he was against ‘just’ a walk-in shower because he was concerned about resale. I looked at him and said I’m not worried about resale, I’ll leave that to my daughter when I’m gone. That conversation was like the piece of furniture with a 25 year warranty – like I really care. 🙂 YES, bathrooms should have soap dispensers that replace themselves!

      • I laughed out loud at “like I really care.” No kidding. WE don’t have a 25-year warranty!

  6. That’s hilarious. I feel so much better now about my little lapses!

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