When you travel a journey gradually, apart from others, sometimes you don’t appreciate how far you’ve moved beyond what others see as normal, or at least comprehensible. Maybe my quest for simplicity is like that.

The following was posted, in all seriousness, on a parent-oriented message board I frequent, on the topic of “should we put two sinks or one in the kids’ bathroom?”

“Once you’ve had the two sinks, it would be hard to go back to one. Not a necessity, but really nice for two people to be able to brush their teeth at the same time, or one to wash their face and another to brush their teeth….”

I am just floored by this. Words fail me. This person lives in a different universe from me.

We have two bathrooms, though we could manage with this one if it had room for a shower. This is the tiny one that was in our house when we moved in. It is the bathroom that is used 95% of the time by six of us, except when bathing or showering. It has one sink. Sometimes we brush our teeth at the same time and take turns spitting in the sink. What an onerous imposition it is to have to wait for a turn to spit in the sink!

Still shaking my head.

Two sinks or one?

4 thoughts on “Two sinks or one?

  • March 26, 2008 at 4:10 am

    It is another world. We have friends, a couple with one child, living in a suburban 10 year old home. They have two bathrooms, one upstairs, one down.The upstairs bathroom looks lovely…..sunken tub, tastefully decorated, ceramic, etc. She says that it is not nice enough and that they are desperately in need of another sink in case one is shaving and the other brushing teeth. Egads.

  • March 26, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Not in the least offended. Life is much too short for that!! 🙂

    Thanks for visiting.

    And you can delete this one on purpose if you like. 🙂

  • March 26, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Well, we do have two sinks in the master bathroom. And it is very nice. But most of my life, I’ve made do with one.

    And for many years, I did without a bathtub–in a walk-up loft in the university married student housing apartments. We had a shower but no tub.

  • April 9, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Yah for modesty. I, too, shake my head at this ever-increasing need for individual space and convenience. Nice to have my computer back and have a long catch-up on your blog. Jacinda

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