While Hiding in the Bathroom

scripture doodlePlease tell me you hide in the bathroom, too. It’s the only place that I can, occasionally, have 60 seconds of peace. Although, if I’m honest, I’m not always alone even in there. Recently, I had a reader ask me what, exactly, I did while hiding in the bathroom. She added a little frowny face as if to indicate her disapproval of this parenting strategy. Whatevs. If I was easily offended I would have sold my third child when she told the lady in the Chic-fil-a restaurant that her mommy wore “really, really big blue panties because she has a really, really big bottom.” Seriously, there is no recovering from that. You just wash your hands and leave.

So, what exactly do I do while hiding in the bathroom?

  1. I play Words with Friends. Oh, don’t pretend like you aren’t sitting in your bathroom, kids or not, playing on your phone. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone used the restroom before cell phones.
  2. I read. I have a drawer in the bathroom that is just for me. It has a Bible, my favorite Maya Angelou book and a journal. Hey, it beats reading the back of the shampoo bottle. Am I right?
  3. I eat. Oh, I know. We tell our kids never to take food in the bathroom. I mean, under normal circumstances, it would be gross. But, let’s be honest, nine times out of ten I am not actually using the restroom. It’s all just an act.
  4. I breathe. Yep. I sit on the edge of the tub and I breathe in. Then, I breathe out. Sometimes, I hear a kid yelling and I rush out to see what’s wrong turn on the shower to drown out the sound.
  5. I think. I don’t know what it is, but some of my best writing ideas come from these brief moments of quiet and semi-solitude. Hence, the journal in the drawer which I mentioned above.
  6. I use the restroom. Yes, sometimes, I actually just have to go to the bathroom.

So, there you go. More than you ever wanted to know about what happens in my bathroom. So, if you ever need a break, you have my permission to hide in  yours. Not only will I not judge you, I will be giving you a virtual high-five while sitting in mine.


4 thoughts on “While Hiding in the Bathroom

  1. I “hide” in my laundry room. They kids can see the light on and they avoid coming close! They scatter before they believe mom will have the chance to call their name to put up laundry. It’s grand. As my children have grown so has my “hiding” spot!

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