I was very afraid of new showers. Gallons of untamed water rushing out at you at an indeterminate temperature from orifices unknown – it’s a scary thought!
And I’m staying at my friend’s house for a few days while my house gets fixed up, and I was resting in bed and thinking, “You know, I used to be afraid of a lot of things. And now I’m not.”
And then I went to take a shower.
It was a new shower, but I was like, “I got this.”
Up went the tap… the water came pouring out like a waterfall, and I just kept turning it higher, as it roared on.
I’d done this at another new shower, it didn’t get hot unless ya turn it high, and then as you get into the “hot zone” it starts tapering off the water pressure again.
Okay. That was done. It was at a good temperature. I am the one who determines the water heat, I don’t need to be afraid of it changing it’s mind and alternately scalding and freezing me. (Yes, I have some weird concerns… Don’t ask me about my fears about toilets…. or power tools. 😉 )
So, having already lugged all my shampoos, conditoners, soaps, clothes, and towels in, I was ready to shower.
I stepped in, and having courteously secured the curtain, I switched it to shower.
“See? — No reason to be afra- —– EH?!?!”
My reassuring self-thoughts dropped off suddenly as the shower head came flying at me, landing with a crashing sound on the floor of the tub.
Anymore crazy stuff, and you would have seen me come flying out of that room declaring a hygenic equipment uprising. But, gladly, the water obeyed the principles of nature and my mind was able to wrap itself around what had happened, quickly. The water was dribbling out in a weaker stream than the head had propeled it in little jets, and I was able to relax for a second as I assessed.
THE SHOWER HEAD HAD FLOWN OFF THE OVERHEAD TAP!
“What in the heck had just happened? Was it my fault? Should I start being afraid again?”
These disjointed thoughts sprang quickly and got answered just as swiftly as they ran through my mind.
“Obviously, there was a bad connection between the pipe and the head. Being the guest shower, no one knew about it before. No, it can’t be your fault, nothing is cracked and you did the normal process. Eh… being afraid isn’t so good for you or the people around you. And you need to get clean, so that’s a no.”
Still, my heart was pounding. My fears had come to life in like the only humanly way possible! Wow! Like, really?
I ran to the other bathroom, hauling all my stuff, and jumped in, fixed the water up, switching it to shower – cringing just a bit, but thinking, “she uses it allllll the time, it’s got to work better and stay on, than the other one.”
It did. And it was hard leaving – the water was so warm, and I could take as long a shower as I wanted without running out of hot water… Aaaah.
And you know what? I’ve faced my fear, right? What worse could happen (baring a robot uprising where they decide to mess with my water supply and make a shower miserable for me…. but I don’t think that is going to be very likely 😉 ….)
So, fear faced, gotten over, and tamed. The water may always be wild, but my unconscionable fears won’t be. 😀 The shower can do its worst, because I don’t think it can get much more scary (or funny!) than that. 🙂
What are your worst fears? (We don’t have to go deep here – I don’t want to be bringing up bad memories — like surviving tsunamis (I just watched The Impossible – veryyyyy good.) and stuff, and then you are aren’t sleeping well for a month because I had to ask about the most terrible time in your life — I mean like beetles, and stuff.) Have they ever come true? What did you do?
While I was trying to find gifs for that I was thinking of times where the shower was ridiculously cold (or hot) and they had to spring out of the shower — There was the American guy with the French lady and the bank heist, or something and his like super-automatic shower (the movie wasn’t that good), — Bill Murray in Groundhog Day — Cary Grant showering with suit and tie (wash and wear) in Charades (very good) — and Clouseau in the Pink Panther. 😀 What are your favorite shower movie moments?