General Fiction posted September 25, 2011

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A lesson from childhood

Potty Break

by bbowen6757

Do you have one of those childhood memories that just seems to hang around and every once in a while it pops up for some unknown reason? That’s what this is about, not just this posting, but also several to follow. They may be brief, I will relate what I can remember and not try to expound a great deal. I am writing these for my grandchildren, what use they will have for them I don’t know. I’m sharing them with you so that you might help me refine the stories. 

One of my earliest memories happened in the middle of the night. I’m not sure how old I was, maybe five, six at the oldest. As best I recall, I was sleeping in my own room, which my dad had added to the house, but beyond that, I really don’t know. All I know is that I woke up in the middle of the night and needed to go to the bathroom. This still happens to me all these many years later. It was not the first time I had done this I’m sure. The bathroom, yes we had indoor plumbing, was in my parents' bedroom and I made my way there. No help needed, I was a big boy. I don’t know if I turned the light on or not, possibly not. All I remember is that I sat down on the commode, I’m not sure why, after all I’m a guy, and then it happened. A life lesson learned in an instant, in the middle of the night, an epiphany and I didn't know what those were. That night I learned first hand why men should always put the seat down when they are finished. My wife thinks she has trained me well, but I never want a repeat of that night. Apparently, my dad was the last one in the bathroom; and not as well trained as I am. As I sat down, my skinny bare bottom hit the slick porcelain and didn't stop there. I let out a shriek that brought both of my parents running to save me from whatever they imagined had happened.
Well that may not be as funny to you, it certainly wasn't to me at the time, but it did teach me an important lesson. What I learned that night I still adhere to today. ALWAYS look before you sit.


Thanks to Loyd Taylor for his humorous photo.
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