Friday, December 08, 2006

My Shower Teaches Me

Sometimes my shower makes me really mad. But I know it is trying to teach me something about patience and greed. If I get into the shower as soon as it starts, the water won't be that hot. I like it hot. The temptation is to turn my shower faucet all the way to the left (Left=Hot) to get more hotness. It might initially be kind of hot, but my impatience and greed will be punished by my shower. It will turn cold very quickly. Or maybe I just get used to that temperature and want it to go hotter--but it won't. It's already all the way to the left. "You get nothing but lukewarm water in return for your greed," says shower. I hate you shower! But I know shower is right and I am ashamed of myself.

My shower is teaching me to wait--to let shower warm up. I turn the handle just a little to the left of center. It's like I am saying to shower, "This is enough for me. I am satisfied." But we both know that if I wait long enough just left of center will become very hot. Not only that, shower rewards me (if I wait long enough) by letting me turn the knob a little more to the left--hotter, and even a little more to the left--hotter still, surpassing any kind of hotness shower would have given me if I had immediately turned it all the way to the left. Clever, kind, shower.

I used to think that I was tricking my shower with the just-left- of- center bit--that shower would think, "This is hot enough for her? I'll show her what I can really do!" But now I know that there is no tricking shower.

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like a dysfunctional relationship you're got there. Good luck with THAT!

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  2. My dryer tricks me, too. Sometimes it only takes one cycle to dry my clothes. The clothes are hot and soft and dry. Other times, dryer likes to change things up a bit and force me to go through 2-3 cycles for hot, dry, soft feeling clothes. Stupid dryer!

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  3. Hot water on demand water heating systems is the only way to go and you never run out of hot water unless you neglect to pay the power company.


    You and Shower could take this relationship to a whole new level.

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  4. You have to admit, even a less than hot shower is better than a "seconds" bath. I remember as a young child, having to bathe in the same water my elder sisters used. Yes, I said sisters. We bathed two at a time. First the sister, then the brothers. Now that is some kind of frugal!

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  5. When I first saw this post, I thought the title said "My Teacher Shows Me." The real title is much better and actually makes sense. Congratulations on being less slept deprived, and more literate, than me.

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  6. Darlaina9:56 PM

    Okay, just found your website (from DesignMom) and added you to my favorites immediately! You have put into words my exact relationship with my shower! Who knew that was possible? I LOVE a HOT shower. I thought something was wrong with my water heater but you've solved my problem! I've been turning it all the way up as soon as I get in! Thank you, thank you! I will be patiently enjoying a LONG, HOT shower tomorrow morning. :)

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  7. I just got back from my sister-in-law's mansion where the showers have magical rain shower head thingies (what are they called?) and the water never--NEVER--gets cold or even luke on me. The rich people's showers obey. Nay--they go above and beyond, and I stay in them for a very long time. In fact, I may not shower again until we go back and visit.

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  8. we have to ration showers. Sunday morning is the worst. 4 showers plus a bath (for two) and my hot water heater is done for. brrrrr. I have actually been pioneering it and boiling a pot of water to heat up the bath water for my little ones. It makes me feel good because I get to play martyr, and sometimes there's nothing like martyr-feel to get you in the right spirit for church.

    What? you wonder why I don't bathe my kids the night before? Well that's just crazy talk!

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  9. Lorien, you could bathe your kids on Saturday night and then just dress them in their church clothes and say they're "special Sabbath pajamas" like my mom did. We were hardly ever late for church. I wonder why I don't do that?

    Kacy, I found your crazy blog because a friend said something about Ricky Schroder being a Mormon and I had to google it because I didn't believe it--and then you popped up with mentions of Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie and I said NO WAY! Anyway, I woke up the baby because I was snorting so loud when I read your "Holier>Thou" post. Nice.

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  10. An entire christmas season without one post - Every day I don't write there is gonna be no book. Was that last bit I just wrote even english? I'm not really sure. Happy New Year Kacy!

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  11. Interesting. As I read this post I thought of a lot of things that had absolutely nothing to do with showers.

    I guess sometimes a shower is just a shower...

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  12. I think about this post every time I turn on my shower. Thanks a lot.

    I hope that creeps you out - cause it does me.

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  13. Is 14 comments the magic number for you post again? Or maybe if I told you that I miss you? But then maybe that would just creep you out like Suzie thinking about you when she turns on her shower...

    Hmmm...

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