Saturday, November 29, 2014
Something to Be Thankful For...I took a bath. UPDATED 11/29/2014
UPDATE 11/29/2014: I wrote this exactly one year ago today. Today was a day exactly like last year, except I'm so tired tonight I don't feel like even trying to slip and slide in and out of that bathtub...so I think I'll just have a cup of Revolution brand Golden Chamomile Herbal tea that was a gift from a dear friend today (thanks Marsha!), and then go take a long hot shower and head for bed....Happy Thanksgiving to you all...and to all a good night!
ORIGINAL POST, 11/29/2013:
I did something tonight I haven't done in over ten years...I took a bath! Now before you start thinking about how unclean and uncouth a person I must be, let me clarify. I take a shower every night whether I need it or not! (I always need it, whether or not I am dirty...) And no, there are no pictures to go along with this post. I can't even find a free clip art pic to insert...so let me just describe this event.
The last couple of days have been rather busy. I love Thanksgiving. I love visiting with friends and relatives and eating turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls, butter, cranberries, pumpkin pie smothered in whipped cream, ....well you know the routine. You eat until you can't possibly stuff another bite into your mouth, and then someone tells you it's time for dessert!
It's a wonderful ritual we go through every year. But all of this eating and spending quality time with our families has a flip side....Someone had to cook all of that food and get the house cleaned and the table set just so, with the little Pilgrim Salt and Pepper shakers filled and the fall flowers, candles, little turkey figures arranged attractively on the table. Now I am not suggesting that I did all of that by myself...I did have some help from my family...and a lot of help cleaning up from our guests...and others brought food to share as well. But the burden of cleaning and preparing and having things just right in time for our guests to arrive did take a lot of planning and work. On my feet, back stretching, shoulder/neck aching work.
And so tonight I didn't just take my usual shower and go to bed. The very ordinary common bathtub beneath my feet began to look extremely inviting as I stood there letting the warm water pour over my tired, aching muscles and joints. I thought to myself, "why not just sit down in that tub and let it fill up around me and sit there and soak awhile?" And so I did. I plugged the drain, poured some "Bath and Body Works" Lavender and Chamomile foaming body wash into the tub, and anxiously awaited the tub to fill up deep enough to cover the parts of my body that were hurting. Well, actually not quite THAT deep...remember, this is just a common, ordinary bathtub...not one of those fancy soaker tubs with jacuzzi jets and contours that hug your back and neck in just the right places. And it wasn't all that easy to ease myself down into that common ordinary tub, but once I got down...I stayed until the water turned cold. And then I had to figure out how to get myself back up and out of that common ordinary tub all by myself. Because who wants to admit that she can't get herself back up out of the bathtub? Not me...and have my hubby come in and laugh at me shivering and stuck inside the tub while the last of my soothing, warm soapy water swirls down the drain? No sirree! This old gal slipped and slid and flipped herself around on her hands and knees and held on to the sides of the tub and tried not to pull the shower curtain down on top of herself and somehow managed to pull herself up and rinsed off and got out of the tub without nary a slip or fall!
And I thought to myself, "I just know all my friends out there in blog-land would LOVE to hear about this!" So here I am, although the bath has left me sufficiently relaxed and drowsy and my eyes are going shut as I write, so this may not even make sense to you. But I want you to know that taking a bath once in every ten years is a worthwhile experience...even for old folks like us. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a few candles burning, a bigger, deeper tub, some jacuzzi jets, and a toasty warm- fresh- out- of- the- dryer bath towel to wrap around myself ...aaaahhhhh.."Calgon, take me away!"
All in all, I must say, this was a great way to end an already picture perfect Thanksgiving two days of celebration...Did I mention that? Yes, two turkey dinners in two days with two different set of relatives and friends...Yes, I do have a lot of somethings to be thankful for...and a bath to boot!
This was a little different than my usual Thanksgiving messages...but full of thanks-giving for sure. I am praising God tonight for ALL His mighty blessings...way beyond the bathtub. Too many to number.
Well, the lavender and chamomile has done its work...I am sufficiently sleepy and more than ready for bed. Good night my friends... Now, go take a bath! And remember to "Give Thanks"always!!!