I've always been perplexed by where I fit in the history of this big ol' world. As a kid, it was hard to put things into perspective. Silent movies and an era without a telephone seemed as distant as the ages when cavemen discovered fire. Lucky for me, my 6 year old daughter put my place in history into perspective for me.
That's the time before bath scrunchees and liquid soap.
Let me explain.
Things are always crazy at my house. I am a freelance writer so I work from home. Which means I feel like I should always be writing something. One morning I took a shower curtain down to clean, then decided I'd get back to writing as it soaked in bleach. I never thought about it again until time for the kiddo's bath that night.
So, she got bathed in the master bathroom. I could have gotten her bath pouff from her bathroom, but instead I grabbed a wash cloth. Her brown eyes widened with concern.
"What are you doing?"
"I'm washing your face."
"Yes. It's a wash cloth. That's what you do with them. You wash."
"Have you ever used a wash cloth?"
"Yes. We used these back before bath scrunchees."
I reached down and grabbed the bar of soap and rubbed it on the wash cloth. She started asking questions again. I heard panic in her voice.
"What's that stuff?"
"THIS?" I asked, holding up the bar of soap.
"Yeah. What is that?"
"It's soap. Just not the squirt kind."
"Did you use that before scrunchees too?"
"Yes. We didn't always have liquid soap, you know."
Her eyes widened again. This time her voice expressed something else. Wonderment.
"Mama, will you tell me another story about the olden times? Back before scrunchees and liquid soap?"
Yep. That's when I knew my place in this world.