My wife never takes a shower or a bath. Shocked? I am too.So, we are visiting our daughter’s family in California this week. My wife said she was going to do some laundry. Then, a few minutes later, she announces, “I’m going to take my shower first.”
You see, she never takes a shower. She only takes her shower. Same with baths, although we very infrequently take baths. We’re shower people. If she did take a bath, it would be her bath, not a bath.
I don’t often hear people speak of standing under the flow in the possessive case, but my wife always says it that way. I have a hard time thinking of something that I do as belonging to me. It’s so fleeting, there one minute and gone the next.
Well, in my case, it’s there in a lot of minutes before it’s over. I probably waste a lot of water because when I’m home, I shave and brush my teeth in the shower. At the gym, I don’t do it that way, but I definitely take a shower and not my shower.
I think I did hear my wife say once when we were in the pool, “I’ll take a shower in the locker room and see you at home.”
I guess that means that it’s only “her” shower when it’s in our home or the home of someone in our family. Speaking of our, there was a time before we got too big for one shower stall that we used to take our shower. Now I find myself wondering if I wasn’t taking a shower and she was taking her shower.
Then there’s the whole strangeness represented by something my mother would say if I said I was going to take a shower. “Well bring it back when you’re done.”
Why don’t we say “do a shower?” I have tried in the past to make myself just say, “I’m going to shower.” Somehow it just sounds a little uppity.
So, my wife can have her shower. I’ll stick with a shower. As long as we get clean, who cares what we call it?
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