In Praise of the Bath
I grew up in an older 1940s home that had two full baths, but the second floor bathroom that I shared with my sisters had only a bathtub. No shower. I didn't take a shower until I was in high school! I always took baths, as did my parents. Bathing was a ritual I adored, an elegant way to unwind at the end of a school or work day.
We had an old, deep, cast iron tub that I loved. It was a set-in tub, not a claw foot tub, but deep enough so that even someone as tall as I am could lay back and be submerged in hot, fragrant water.
I lived for eight years after I married in an apartment that only had a shower, and I have to say, I missed my bath tub so much! When my husband and I had our house built, his gift to me was a large whirlpool tub in the master bath.
My tub is my retreat, my spa. I love soaking in that tub. So you can imagine my horror when I asked my husband to clear the blocked drain...and he broke the stopper on the bathtub.
You'd think that a bathtub stopper would be easy to find, but not this one. It's a special "tip toe" stopper that only comes with this type of tub. The local hardware stores didn't have it. Nobody had it! I finally ordered it from Amazon and am thoroughly grateful to be back in the soak of things, as it were.
A Return to Elegance: The Bath as Elegant RitualNow as part of a return to elegance, I started thinking about bathing. When did we Americans become so obsessed with showering that we lost sight of the pleasures of the bath?
When I watch old movies, many heroes and heroines take a bath in the morning or evening. It seemed that sometime in the 1960s, perhaps, bathing went out of fashion, and showers became popular. I know that showers are quick and easy. But why does everything have to be quick and easy?
Elegance takes time. Tonight, may I suggest an elegant bath? If you have not enjoyed the pleasures of a good long soak in ages, then consider this:
- Find and purchase a nice bath oil, bath bomb, or bubble bath. I love good old-fashioned VitaBath, but even a scoop of Epsom Salts will do.
- Put out fresh, fluffy towels.
- Make sure the room is warm so that when you step out of the bath, you won't shiver.
- Have a good book to read or a magazine while soaking. (Don't take your Kindle in with you, please).
- Scented candles? Yes, light one if you have it!
- Lock the door against children, pets and family members who want to interrupt your private time.
- Let the bath run until it is as hot as you'd like it...then lay back and soak. Enjoy.
Tonight, return to the elegance of a bygone era by soaking in a long, hot bath.
|Lock the door against pets who want to interrupt your private time....|