Monday, January 28, 2008

tubs

I found this picture on my computer. This was the tin tub that we took baths in until I was probably in junior high (it follows that this was what my parents bathed in for perhaps 10 years). I can remember the water hose that became too hot to touch when we filled it up. I remember the feeling of the cold tile on my feel when I would step out. I remember the clinking noises that the walls of the tub would make with our bath toys. And yes, I remember taking baths with Jay. . . barely.
Nostalgia is a funny thing. It takes all the hard edges off memories. I'm very much a fan of proper showers and instant hot water that can become instantly mixed with cold. I enjoy carpet under my feet and coffee within 5 minutes of waking up. I don't really miss huddling up close to the wood burning stove to thaw out our jeans on winter mornings. But I know I loved it. I even loved brushing the "daddy long leg" spiders off the twisted, knobby fire wood (the smell of the freshly cut pieces would always mean winter to me) stacked in uneasy rows in the wood shed. . .

6 comments:

kate said...

hurray!!! i'm so glad to see your burgeoning belly and see you joining the coolest blog world out there...
i loved seeing part of your family but sadly lamented your absence.
can't wait to read more!!

love you!

Cindy said...

crystal, do you remember when I was
expecting Jordan and you had a large inflated balloon?
Wish i could see you and have a ballon in hand:)

crystal said...

I DO remember! My first "up close" memory of seeing a baby grow in a belly. :) How wonderful. I'd love to see a recent photo of your whole clan!

Cindy said...

I have pictures posted on facebook
of some fairly recent pics.
Jordan turns 13 tomorrow....
can you believe it??

Jay said...

I'm not sure that I am ok with you posting pictures of ME, naked. Nor am I ok with you announcing to the greater world that I took baths with you naked. And finally, why did you have to bring up that father and mother bathed in that tub? It is a disturbing thought that I may have tried to avoid, yet you brought it to the surface. This blog is already leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

crystal said...

Jay.
Chill out. you were 3. and I think i was referring to the RUSTIC nature of our lives when I mentioned Mom and Dad using that tub. if it helps, imagine that you were wearing a speedo at the time the picture was taken. :) unfortunately, there is plenty of photographic evidence to prove that this was not the case in other water sport activities we shared as a family. I'm afraid you are just going to have to "un-spas."