Friday, August 7, 2009

Outhouse

So if we move to Florida we will pack all of our things in a big truck and have to drive through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia into Florida.

Will we go all that way in one day?

No, we may have to stay the night somewhere along the way. Maybe Georgia. Any other questions?

Just one...where do Georgias go to the bathroom?

Um...on the toilet, the same place we do.

Oh, okay.


[Cole adds his two cents] I want to move to Minnesota.

Of all the questions he could ask, he wants to know where they go to the bathroom.

I guess I understand after the year I spent living in the woods. We dug our own privy and built an outhouse, a pretty scary place at two o'clock in the morning, wondering if anything had crawled in the hole. I always had this irrational fear they were just waiting on me to decide to crawl out.

He did not worry about getting our things there or where we would live, just where they go to the bathroom. Because obviously they are different from us, and that can be scary sometimes. Its what keeps us and them apart. Until us becomes them, or they become us...or we finally decide it's ok to be we.

For that to happen, we have to get over the fear of what's going to crawl up the privy hole. Its pretty easy to make assumptions about people we have never met, unfortunately those same assumptions keep us from some great relationships. In celebrating our differences, we can forget how much we have in common.

If we get there and they go to the bathroom differently, we'll figure it out.

32 comments:

VE said...

You have been officially spoofed on my blog now. You knew it was coming...

J A Harnett-Hargrove said...

Hey Brian, when I lived in a yurt in Maine we had the indoor pee bucket so we wouldn't have to make those scary midnight treks....sorry, that may be TMI. Love hearing about kids quotes. -Jayne

Pastor Sharon said...

It is truly interesting to hear the questions of children.

My great grandfather had an outhouse when I was about 6 years old. I remember my mother making us to the bathroom at every gas station we passed on the way to the "country" to see them. And heaven forbid we had to go when we got there, Mom was not a happy girl.

Kathleen said...

Oh, wise, wise Cole, wanting to move to Minnesota. Do tell him that he's spot on and if he comes here I'll teach him how to dog sled!

Great post, Brian!

Tom said...

If i were him i'd worry more about the gators...but then maybe he's an alligator wrangler!

Mariana Soffer said...

Nice the idea of being wherever you feel like being. But just one recomendation, I just been to florida miami tampa and orlando, and I would not chose that place to be, but anyway you can get there and as soon as you want leave for another state

Lola said...

Kids' conversations (and questions) are so much more interesting, aren't they?

Where's the toilet and when are we getting there poll the highest in terms of repetition.

Did I miss something... you're maybe moving to Florida????

Big hugs and have a super week end, all of you!
Lola xx

Daniel said...

Love the random comment about Minnesota. Hmm, where do they go to the bathroom? I would not have seen that one coming.

Lorraine said...

What a sweetie, love the look, as for outhouses well, gosh there are risks in every venture, but I think i'd rather go behind the cabin, to hell with getting caught lol

lakeviewer said...

Oh my, scary thoughts about the important stuff here. Eat, sleep, poop. I guess your little one got two under control for now.

Alan Burnett said...

There's a lot of wisdom in that post

subtorp77 said...

Brian, HA! I'm reminded of the old ranch in N.M.( still used the ol' outhouse ). Too, Mrs. Smith( miss her )never did upgrade her house( no plumbing, electric, etc. ). She lived like her ancestors did and it was good enough for her! And you don't wanna know the privys we used to construct in the Army!

Beth said...

After living in Georgia for over 30 years, I understand his question.

Candie Bracci said...

Kids and questions uh?I'm waiting the day when my son is going to start asking questions too but now I certainly enjoy peace,lol.

Brian Miller said...

@ve - lol. too funny. i'll take a john wayne comparison anyday...lol.

@jayne - yeah, kids say some pretty amazing things if we listen. definitely a chore i would not want to have, taking the bucket out...

@pastor sharon - kids see the world very differently than us...which is a pretty cool thing. yeah old outhouses have the most amazing aroma...

@kathleen - lol. if i tell him about the dog sled, he will really want to move there now...

@tom - logan was born in FL. we saw gators every year...and seen a few wrangled to clear out the pond. not sure my cat is looking forward to it again...being a survivor of a gator attack...

@mariana - we lived in Tampa for a couple years...definitely a different climate to get used to...

@lola - yes they are. too fun though. we go down this weekend for another round of interviews...so FL is a definite possibility. We lived there a few years back when Logan was born. will definitely be a change of pace. hope you have a great weekend as well!

@daniel - yeah, i don't know where that came from...i'm impressed he knew there was a minnesota...maybe its the vikings...lol.

@lorraine - lol. don't give him any ideas...haha. yeah they were playing park ranger in the pic...

@lakeviewer - yes indeed...

@AB - ty

@subby - glad to hear mom is doing well. can't imagine the privies...really don't want to...living like our ancestors, in some ways would not be bad...in others, errr...

@beth - lol. too much. smiles.

Brian Miller said...

@candie - enjoy it while it lasts...they can ask some pretty bizarre things at times...

TechnoBabe said...

That is a great way to put our differences into perspective and remember how we all connect.

Kay said...

A well versed sentimental piece, no less; however, I can't stop to think, you are men, you go wherever! :) Safe travels into the land of the unknown

Wings said...

'Out of the mouths of babes.. and Brians' HAH!

Great post, and so very true.

Goofball said...

"show me your toilet and I'll know who you are" :p.

California Girl said...

That's adorable but your kids are pretty darn funny & cute.

My younger son had a phobia about public toilets all through elementary & middle school. he would actually not go to the bathroom til he got home in the afternoon. said they were "dirty". I was a bit worried about him but he moved past it in high school where the bathrooms were locked half the time anyway so if you found an unlocked one you used it asap.

Ronda Laveen said...

I think it's a pretty important question. I know that, as my bladder ages, it is one I ask all the time.

Brian Miller said...

@techno - smiles.

@kay - well almost anywhere...

@wings - ha...

@goofball - too true, too true...

@cali - the first time we tried to get logan to pee outside, he would not...took a bit to teach him...for when we are trapped in the middle on nowhere of course...and there was retraining on when not to pee in public...lol.

@ronda - yeah there have been a few times in our travels, knowing where the nearest bathroom was would have been nice.

Micaela said...

haha...your little guy's really cute. I love the bathroom thing...so random! children can be so funny :)

xoxo,
Micaela

otin said...

Do they have bathrooms in Georgia? I need to go ask Beth! LMAO!

Baino said...

You lived in the woods for a year! M God. . pooing in a hole? Kudos to you. I still leave the bathroom light on. Big scaredy cat.

subtorp77 said...

@Baino, 'tis true about what bears do in the wood :D...

The Retired One said...

what is so funny is that when they get adults, they will fondly recall the day they used the one-holer.
Aging is like that.
ha

Brian Miller said...

@micaela - shhh...it wil go to his head...lol. kids are amazing.

@otin - please report back any findings...it may be critical to our trip...lol.

@baino - yeah, right out of college...doing couseling with inner city kids...will have to elaborate on that one day, was pretty cool actually...

@subby - yeah but the whole toilet paper cling ons thing you see in the commercials...

@retired - lol. i imagine they will...

darsden said...

too funny ya'll will love Florida thank you for visiting my lil ole blog this evening.

L@@K that is my buddy Pastor Sharon :-)

Nancy said...

This post was wonderful in so many ways!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Just remind him how much warmer it is in Florida compared to Minnesota in January. Burrrrrr!