One of the first things my Aunty Kalmar taught me is something that is going to stick with me for the rest of my life:
“Gert, you give up the right to piss with the door closed once you shoot a kid out!”
For as long as I can remember, my mum has gone to the toilet with the door open. I actually remember her saying once, “I know the door is open but that’s so you don’t hurt yourself; can I PLEASE just PIDDLE in PEACE?!”
Daniel and I often have words because I grew up in a house where the doors had to be open all the time (closed doors meant secrets, I think… I’m still not too sure on my parents reasoning for this); Where mum piddled with the door open so she could make sure us kids weren’t killing each other and where privacy wasn’t a huge issue because we were family; Some how, I have grown up into someone who already piddles with the door open, even though I have no kidlets!
I will often hear Daniel holler up the hallway “Shut the effing door!”, and I remember once being made of by a family member in a class full of people because we didn’t shut the door. It’s not like you sit there on your throne and yell out “Hey, I’m on the toilet, want to watch?” – you just got into the habit of not shutting the door because you always had to keep an ear out for the toddlers in your house who gravitated toward things when you were taking a pit-stop.
On a similar note, I know people who DO piddle with door closed, even if they have kids. Usually, I have noticed, that means the kids are outside the door hollering and screaming and demanding your attention. I figure, if they’re going to be doing this anyway, you may as well have the door open. It’s not like you’re being left alone anyway and you can shoo them away whilst you perform… ahem… the paper work.
I got a message once from a friend of mine who has kids. It was the first day in five years she had NO kids at her house, and her message said:
Dude… do you know what a luxury it is to piss with the door shut, with no kids screaming for me, and enjoying the peace? I think I might just sit here all day, enjoying it!
I tend to get people looking at me like a freak when I say my mum used the loo with the door open for as long as I can remember. The looks come associated with the words “Are you serious? I will never do that! My kids need to learn that Mum needs private time too!”
Well, yes. Mum does need private time. You can look forward to that in… I don’t know… five years or so when your kids go to school.