Can you Imagine Living Without a Bath or a Shower?

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 24th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Children today don't appreciate how good they have it. I grew up in a home that neither a bathtub or a shower.


Sometimes life seems to come full circle. When I was growing up we did not have a bath or a shower. Our toilet room was only big enough to hold the toilet. There was no sink in the toilet; just the toilet bowl. This was back in the 1950s.

Next generation

Most people can't image how it could be to have to live like that. They are so used to having everything. Even the following generation, that of my son, was born with a bathtub, shower and colored television set in his home. He he only started recently to watch black and white movies. When he was a child he thought they were all boring because they lacked the beauty of color. Now as an adult he sees that classic black and white movies have a beauty of their own.

washing in a tub or the kitchen sink

But I digress, getting back to the things we didn’t have in the 1950s which was for the sake of this article, was a bathtub and a shower; what we did have was a big steel tub at least the kids did to bathe in.

My grandmother would wait until late at night when everyone was in bed and she would sponge bath at the kitchen sink.

Too big to sit in the bathtub

When I was about 14 years old the landlord finally installed a bath. Unfortunately that took a big portion of the living room to do it. We still didn't have a shower.

I was 18 when that house was torn down and we finally moved into an apartment that had both a bathtub and a shower. I used to want a shower more than anything else before that time came. I was a young girl and everyone I knew had a shower.

At this present time, I am too big to sit in the bathtub so it is like I don't have one yet again.


However, all is not lost. I plan to have bariatric surgery this year and with a lot of weight loss I will be able to once again take a bath.

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar J Diggins
24th Feb 2015 (#)

There have been several times in my life when washing was only possible in a lake or river, I appreciate the availability of proper washing facilities much more now.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Washing and bathing amenities in life are now much improved. I have teachers as parents but houses then were constructed with no bathroom-toilet. When household members feel the urge to dispose, they just run meters away behind banana groves obviously for the purpose. Now it's a different story. Teenagers even bring cell phones to comfort rooms.

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Feb 2015 (#)

I also grew up without a bath or shower in the house and had just an outdoor toilet. A lot of changes today. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Great article! I'm very thankful for all the comforts of home that I have. Smiles to you today!

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