... so let’s keep a lid on it
I am reminded of an interesting story on bathroom plumbing which appeared in the Mirror some time ago. Among other things, it had to do with that very utilitarian convenience known as the commode. Now this porcelain device, made available to us by one Sir Thomas Crapper, has for most of our lives been a source of comfort and mental reflection. However, unlike the Keats poem, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” it is not a thing of beauty. And it is this fact which moves me to offer the following observations.
We are all familiar with the ongoing female lament about us men failing to put the toilet seat down after we use the device. Their concern is genuine as I can only imagine the shock to the nervous system upon landing on cold porcelain and the further inconvenience of a possible descent into that yawning chasm itself. Their point is well taken. However there is another aspect of toilet decorum which I would like to touch upon.
Women go to great artistic lengths to make a “restroom” a well-decorated place as is possible with artistic doodads and a color-coordinated décor pleasing to the eye. They do, however, show a blatant disregard for another aspect of social niceties. I allude to the lid of the toilet seat and their refusal to put it back down after use. They buy these things and so they surely should know that toilet sets are sold to include one or two rugs and a cover for the toilet lid.
What purpose does this colorful lid cover serve when it is left standing up against the water tank where its beauty is hidden? No, instead, most of their gender will leave it in an upright position as a monument to the gaping repository below. I for one do not tolerate this oversight and it is my custom to admonish all female guests to lower this lid after using the facility.
I know there are readers out there who will suggest that this complaint is merely the griping of an old man with nothing better to occupy his time but to raise this petty issue. In this writer’s defense, however, I submit that I have had a long-standing diagnosis of what is known in medical terms as OCD.
While this condition does give one a sense of neatness and good order it could also be considered by some to be a real “downer" (pun intended) and my ever-lovin' wife agrees!
September 3, 2010