Doesn't this look relaxing?Today, I read the book King Bidgood in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood to my class. It's a great story about a king who won't get out of the bathtub. I know a lot of people, like King Bidgood, who like baths a lot. Baths relieve stress they say. They are relaxing I am told. To me, a bath doesn't relieve stress. It causes it. I admit, the candles, the wine, the relaxing music do have a calming effect (especially the wine), but I can do all three of those things sitting on my couch rather than sitting naked in water. A lot of people seem to really like baths. I'm not one of them.
I have tried. On cold, winter days (not that there are many here in SoCal) I have lit candles, turned on some music, grabbed a book and run a hot bath. It sounds great in theory. But once I'm in it, I ask myself, "What are you doing? You don't even like baths." First of all, I can't seem to get comfortable leaning against the ledge of the tub. I have tried rolled up towels, but I can't seem to lie against them without it bothering my neck. I also get cold from the shoulders up. Sure, I can slide down so my head is barely out of the water, but that isn't comfortable either, plus it's hard to read a book like that. Plus, after a little while the water is cools off. There's something about sitting in a luke warm pool of my own filth that creeps me out a bit. Bored out of my mind is how I describe my experiences sitting in the bath for more than five minutes. Sure, I have a book , but it's covered in water droplets because of all the sliding around trying to get comfortable. Just lying there isn't fun for me, even if it's supposed to be relaxing. If I could type on the computer, paint, or make cards in there, it might be a different story.
Yah, baths just aren't my cup of tea.
Although, I might make an exception if he were in my tub. He sure looks comfy doesn't he?Until then, this is what I feel like in the bathtub.