Friday, October 3, 2008

We rarely flush the toilet around here.


I think it's time. Time we got it aaalllllll out there. And I will start.

We live in a nice home. Privileged by some standards, ghetto by others, but it's home. The thing is, no matter where you are in the house, the design is such that you can hear a pin drop just about anywhere. My kids are growing up with air purifiers and humidifiers in their rooms not in an effort to saturate and filtrate the joint, but to create white noise to cover other noises in the house and preserve our rest. And other activities. I digress.

Well, when my son was born, we began taking steps to keep him asleep that included ceasing any activity in the house that might ruse him. And that included, you guessed it...

"Don't flush when you're done...wait till he wakes up."

Without getting into too much detail, I will say that habit begets habit, and now we have a problem. We are relatively clean people, you see, but we are scared to death of random visits by friends and strangers alike.

For if you are to ring our bell one sunny day, and then listen for movement within our home, you may hear frantic footsteps followed by a couple of toilets purging themselves of their contents. Please hang on, we'll be right there.



Will you join in? It's time we got all this out on the table, and empathized with each other. Please share a blogger mommy/daddy home oddity, and help us feel part of normalcy again...we are not here to judge, simply to support.

By the way, I have my first contest coming this week. and it's gonna be a doozy. Keep your eyes peeled...and in the meantime, head over to Kristina's blog, she has a contest going right now...ends soon...HURRY.

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21 comments:

Luanne said...

While I can't say that we do it on purpose...I will say that every morning after I take my kids to school, I have to go on a run throughout the house to flush all the toilets from the morning rush...for some reason they don't like to flush! So I can relate to that!

If I come up with anything else, I will be sure to come back to share :)

Eudae-mamia said...

I'm totally laughing! I thought we were the ones keeping the air purifier people in business. Yep, one in each of the boy's rooms specifically for white noise. Sad really.

I have a good friend who disconnected their doorbell due to well-meaning FedEx guys waking up her daughter. I would love to hear the stories of enraged parents beating up the mailman for having the nerve to touch that thing between the hours of noon and 4.

Guilty of non flushing here as well - if someone has a problem with it, just tell them your doing your part to conserve water. What was the Hippie motto a while back -if it's yellow, it's mellow, if it's brown, flush it down?

Way to be a Tree Hugger!

Em

Beadiful Things said...

Ha ha! At my parents old beach cottage, the septic system was...not much of a septic system so the mantra was "if it's yellow, let it mellow -- if it's brown, flush it down." We always enjoyed explaining that to friends we brought to visit.

Jillian said...

We use (well, I use) cloth toilet paper for Number 1 in our house. Being that we're cloth diapering our son, it's really not any extra work for me.

*hides under desk*

Kristina P. said...

Wow, the things I have to learn about being a parent. Who knew?

Thanks for the shout out! I'm excited for your giveaway. Sounds like a great cause.

Cheryl said...

I, too, have disconnected my doorbell. It's a major annoyance and sometimes I get sick of neighborhood kids ringing the bell right at the dinner hour--knowing full well I'll feed them a good meal because their parents give them some strange frozen food that comes in a box. So, I turn on the music during dinner so the kids won't hear the knocking.

Last week we ordered pizza for the first time in ages. We waited and waited...I called and complained about the delivery service being so slow.

"Ma'am...our delivery driver has been ringing your doorbell for several minutes".

Oops.

CassJustCurious said...

Three words: White Noise Machine. We bought one for the baby because her room is the loft above our living room and I couldn't handle being THAT quiet ALL the time. Before we bought the white noise machine though I was NUTS about any beeping noise in our kitchen - so no use of oven, microwave or toaster when the baby was sleeping because those things Beep and wake the baby and that was BAD. Great blog!

Jill said...

For some reason, my kids never flush. Except for the toddler, and he can't seem to flush enough.

Good N Crazy said...

I sorta kinda wrote about my own quirks in today's post...but I think I set it to publish around 5PM...

you'll have to wait for it...

We had a water shortage in NJ several years ago...so it was if it's yellow leave it if it's brown flush it....but the kids really never got it right...or the hubby come to think of it...

AndreAnna said...

We have white noise machines in both kids' rooms. I can't sleep myself without at least a fan on. The silence actually drives me nuts if there's no white noise.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today - nice to "meet" you!

Angela said...

LOL! We are sorta the same way. My kids have this irrational fear that the toilet will suck them down if they flush. So the minute the dog starts barking I am checking toilets.

Our other "oddity" is that, when company arrives we dress our kids. its not that they don't have clothes or I am on some sort of anti-laundry kick. They just love to be naked and I just dont bother dressing them til people come by lol.

Brittany said...

Hmmm...well we always flush, but I am a total slacker on dishes...like in the realm of fruit fly country. Very icky.

Deb Williams said...

you have sunk to a new low... congrats! listen, you don't even want to go down this road with me. i have you all beat, hands down. i have two teen boys and a maturity-deprived husband.

Jenni Jiggety said...

I can admit to that same thing. I get up first in the morning and I don't flush because I don't want to wake anyone...

All bets are off awhile later when it is time to blow dry my hair though. Mommy needs good hair!

Rachel said...

I remember those days! Wait -- they're still here.

Wep said...

OMG I used to do this when I was a kid. We had one of those super economy toilets that flush so fierce they could take your butt off. So if my mom or I went in the middle of the night we NEVER flushed so as not to wake the other.

When I got married it was the hardest habit to break

Kristen Zirkle said...

Well, if you were to have actually use the bathroom upstairs while you were here, then you would have found out we are not just twinkie houses....

Darrin said...

HA! Heck.. the economy gets much worse, and we may be holding back on the flushes to save on our water bill!

BTW, thanks for stopping by the blog. You've got some good stuff here!!

amelia bedelia said...

eeeewwwww, you're gross. kidding! I don't flush if I go pee in the middle of the night (yes, I know Im old).

Johnson4 said...

I think we're like once-a-day flushers ourselves. Started with the not wanting to wake the baby, then became water conservation, now the oldest heard that when you flush, water & urine particles fill the air and she's not taking any chances. If company comes, we let them assume the 4-year old did it...

Myrinda said...

Well, I live in California and was raised with water conservation in mind, so we say "if it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down"

OMG, ROFLMAO right now! Why does bathroom related humor have the ability to make a person laugh, no matter how old they are?

posthumous pointer
To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded. - Emerson