This is what I love about being a beach bum:
I also love reading. I read 2 entire books, one of which had been sitting on my nightstand for a long time feeling neglected and getting congested from the layer of dust collecting on its front cover.
The second book on the roster was a new book brought to me by The Mister from his far-off travels. Part of my motivation to get through the first book was so that I could get to this one:
I devoured it in two and a half days. I would have finished it in just two if I had not been required to socially interact with the family that was hosting us for the festively large Eid meal. I am not ashamed to admit that there were moments when I returned to a familiar mantra from my childhood, “I wish I had brought my book.”
Within 5 minutes of starting the book, I sat straight up in horror. The author wrote about how the coloured maids of the mid-60’s in the deep south were not allowed to use the common family bathroom for fear of spreading disease. It was at that moment that I realized that I have never once, in the nearly 4 years that she has worked for us, seen Blessing use our bathroom. Does she just hold it when she’s working? What does she do? I had never before even thought of bringing this up as a topic of conversation or as a matter of negotiation. When a person has to go, they have to go. I would expect that she would use the facilities at our house if the need arose. But I hadn’t ever witnessed her entering nor exiting the bathroom, except to clean it.
“Do you think Blessing knows that she can use the bathroom at work?” I asked The Mister as anxiety gripped my throat.
I uneasily settled back into the read, with worry nagging the back of my mind. I hoped beyond hope that Blessing hadn’t been holding it in while at work all these years. When we returned home, I sat down with Blessing and asked her about using the toilet at work. Turns out, she does.
And then she laughed at me.
Her salary may not be much more than the maids of the 60’s in the deep south, but at least she can pee in our toilet.