I’ve told this story at least five times in the past month or so, and finally decided it just needed to be a blog if for no other reason than to just make someone laugh today. And as an added bonus – so my sons won’t forget it. We all need laughs to pass down generation to generation. So Rory and Ian – here you go!
When you are a single mom and have your toddler sons around the clock 365 days a year, they kinda just do everything with you, including joining you in the bathroom stall in the ladies’ room. It never seemed odd to them – it was just what we did. Take turns using the toilet, washing our hands. It was perfectly normal!
It never occurred to me that the first trip into the men’s bathroom without mom would be confusing. After all, they used the bathroom at home without me – no problem. Being tall enough to wash their hands? Maybe that might be a problem, but what Mom can’t reach into the bottom of her purse and among the baggie of cheesy goldfish, random matchbox cars, and other toddler necessities, pull out a small container of hand sanitizer?
So there was this one particular day. We had gone to Selfridge Air Base near our home to do some shopping and get hair cuts. They were only $5 and our favorite barber worked there. When Rory had to use the bathroom and the ladies room was being cleaned, I reluctantly and for the first time sent him into the men’s room alone, reassuring him that Ian and I would be just outside the door waiting for him.
Just a minute or two after he had gone in, a little old man went in. I waited and waited. Finally Rory came out of the mens room – eyes wide as if he had seen a ghost.
“Are you okay, honey?” I asked him.
And Rory responded, “Yep, I’m fine. But there’s some guy in there and he is peeing in a FOUNTAIN!”
My poor son had never laid eyes on a urinal before…….
That was 23 years ago. We’re still laughing. I hope you are too 😉
Laughter is the best medicine!