Really it was just several decades ago when very few families had indoor bathroom facilities. Most homes had an external outhouse, separate from the main living area, and usually way back at the end of the yard. One would have to refrain from eating too much okra, for fear of its middle-of-the-night repercussions.
|Vintage outhouses are available on Ebay.|
Why am I thinking about outhouses? The answer is simple. Because I froze my tush off over the holidays in our improvised sleeping arrangements, due to lots of company. And because I am grateful. Grateful that I don't have to trek out through the yard, during a snowstorm, in the middle of the night, to a very cold seat. And because this old lady can only hold it so long.
|An outhouse in Elk Falls, Kansas - the Outhouse Capital of the World.|
The experience has reminded me to embrace gratitude. It has made me once again appreciate the days we live in, and the modern conveniences we have.
If you are interested in taking a fun look at a collection of outhouses, find the beautifully photographed book Nature Calls: The History, Lore and Charm of Outhouses, by Dottie Booth. And, if you are one of those who keeps a small library near your toilet, this book is definitely one you should add.
It will remind you to stay grateful for what you have, and give you a few chuckles, too.
Stay warm, friends.