Showers

Every day we step into the shower and never think about it. Most of us don’t bother to thank God for the opportunity or the shower we are in. Having traveled I have been in a lot of showers. The first one I was in was in Russia. There was no shower stall, just a shower head in the bathroom so when you took a shower the whole bathroom got wet and if you weren’t careful so did the towel you were supposed to dry off with.

In our first place in Jericho there was a hot water heater but you had to build a fire under it to get the water hot. Bob fixed a gas container under the hot water heater that ran on bottled gas and when we wanted to take a shower we had to turn the gas on and wait for the water to get hot. Now while that is inconvenient we did have a tub with a shower curtain and it was pleasant when the water was hot.

I have also been places where there was no hot water. Now to me that was miserable. I love a nice hot shower. I have also been where the shower head was so stopped up that not much water came out of it.

Over the years, things have improved over seas and in the Middle East especially. When we were in Bethlehem in September we stayed in a fairly new apartment building. The apartment we stayed in was so new no one had lived in it before. But the shower was different.
As you can see it has no doors. Oh it is a modern shower stall but no doors and no where to hang a shower curtain. So when you are done with your shower you take the squeegee push all the water that got out down the drain in the middle of the floor. So in reality you can work up a sweat before you get dressed or get your shoes on. But it is clean and you can be careful not to get water all over the bathroom.

When we went to Kurdistan in November we stayed in a nice hotel in Duhok. When we got to our room we looked at the bathroom and we were excited to see the shower stall had doors.
So when Bob got up to shower the next day we found full technology had not yet arrived. Yes, the stall had doors but they didn’t close all the way. In fact they were open about two inches on the bottom and an inch on the top. There was no way to get them to close any more than that. Now in all honesty they did have shower shoes for you to put on when you stepped out of the shower so you didn’t have to get your feet dirty on the wet floor. But of course you still had to get the squeegee and push the water down the drain.

When we got home I was so happy to get into my shower and know the water wouldn’t run on the floor. But I also thank God whenever I get into a shower where the water does not run on the floor.

Thankful for modern conveniences,
Jan

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