bathroom reading

September 15, 2021

Long time readers know how I feel about the guest loo, the home’s alter personality. When we renovated our house, it was the room I thought about most. We painted it a dark, inky blue, and added a concrete sink adorned with old fashioned brass taps. Sketches for ceramic vases cover one wall and the floor is the colour of a night sky. It’s tiny and decadent, and in total contrast to the rest of the house. The only thing left to do is scribble something on a piece of paper and stick it to the wall. I got this idea from a friend of mine who taped Constantine Cavafy’s Ithaca to the wall beside the loo roll at their family cottage. “When you read something enough times, the message sticks.” Ithaca is one of my favourite poems, a reminder to embrace the journey. For our own loo literature, I’m considering Priest’s wedding speech. Or some Dolly Parton lyrics.


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