I am largely persuaded that indoor plumbing is Wonderful Thing. However I noticed today one of the side-effects: the demise of outdoor plumbing.
I, being one of those old-fashioned mothers, send my children out to play. As in “go outside and stay outside”. I use often use this playtime to do activities better done without loud, slovenly, inquisitive bystanders. (There’s me of course, loud, slovenly & inquisitive; but I haven’t figured out how to, say, pay the bills with *me playing outside* too.)
It is my understanding that mothers have operated this way for millenia. And I do not envy my forbears in their rustic simplicity. Just don’t. But, I’ve noticed a modern bladder problem. Children who can hold it for twelve hours straight suddenly need to visit the facilities every ten minutes if There Is A Parent Inside.
And then I realize: Hmmn. Outdoor plumbing. It had it’s uses.
And next I think: What did people do before wasp spray? If anyone knows, do tell. I’m curious. Because wasps seem like they would really love a good latrine. And my rule is that any place I am exposing my flesh is not a place a wish to share my little wasp friends. So I’m wondering how people used to address that inevitable clash with the stinging-set over who gets to use the facilities.
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