I stopped by the bathroom on the way to my meeting with the first grade team this afternoon. While we waited for everyone to arrive, I wondered aloud, “Why can I go until 2:00 without using the bathroom when I’m at school, but I could never go that long when I’m at home?”
“Do you drink more water at home?” one teacher asked.
“I actually think I drink more water here at school,” I responded.
“Maybe you go to the bathroom at home because it’s the only time you get some privacy,” another teacher suggested.
My mind flashed to yesterday when I went to the bathroom and closed the door. Not ten seconds later, Baby Girl A was crying at the door, soon to be joined by Baby Girl B trying unsuccessfully to turn the doorknob. My son, thinking he was being very helpful, came to let them in. And then decided to come in himself. And that is how my “private” moment turned into four people in the bathroom (one of them on my lap) singing songs.
I gave a little laugh. “Nope, that’s definitely not it. No privacy at home. I think I just get busy when I’m at school and don’t think about it.” The rest of the team arrived and we got started analyzing writing data. But now, whenever I pass the bathroom at school, I smile.