Thursday, 23 February 2012

Growing Up


Mabel Lucie Attwell

People!
I have discovered a new thing!
Reading In The Bath!
Why didn't anyone tell me about this?
Is it the last secret of adulthood?
I'm going to be the cleanest person in England.

28 comments:

  1. Are you telling us that you have never ever read in the bath before?

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  2. You lucky thing.
    Our tub is in the boys bathroom and, though they are tidy fellows, I just can't picture myself lounging in there.

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  3. i could never figure out how to not drown the book.Or keep the water warm enough, long enough. Never found the bliss.
    Gave up.
    hm. And now i'm wondering:
    would dropping a kindle into the water zap one to death, or merely tickle?

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  4. Gasp! I am shocked that you have only just discovered such pleasure, although there is also that horrible bit when you realise you have been absorbed too long a d the water has gone ever so slightly cold.

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  5. If you're new to this you are going to have to hone your technique. No dust jackets, nothing too precious,(as a novice you are bound to dunk a corner), bath pillow if you don't have an optimum angle of incline, ability to adjust taps with toes, somewhere safe to drop the book overboard when you finally decide it's time to wash.

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  6. ah yes reading in the bath. one of my guilty pleasures... and recently it has been copied by youngest offspring.

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  7. Discoveries.
    Aren't they adorable at this stage.

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  8. Even better than reading in the bath - reading in the bath with a glass of wine.

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  9. Agreeing with Dee, the ability to twiddle taps with toes a must have. Prehensile toes an added bonus.

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  10. My Granny has that poem on her bathroom wall and we always made her read it when we went to stay. I can almost recite it verbatim even now.

    Given the success you had with the reading of "The Owl and the Pussy Cat" perhaps you could read this one too?!

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  11. Reading in the bath is one of the biggest reasons I'm never likely to buy a Kindle. Though I thought I heard somewhere the manufacturers were going to address that too ...

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  12. That is my single reason for not getting a kindle too - I'm sure it wouldn't survive the dunkings my books get!

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  13. Best not to test this with a Kindle!

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  14. what do you mean you JUST discovered reading in the bath....

    Alice!!!! I can't believe that.

    Sigh.

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  15. I have never managed to master this. I am either too hot, or too cold, or I want to put my hands in.

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  16. You mean you don't have a bathroom book? How remiss of you.

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  17. I used to do it but now I dislike being in a bath and anyway, my spectacles would steam up.

    Kindle do actually make a waterproof cover, very nifty it is too.

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  18. I can't tell you how often I've dropped a paerback in the bath.... Definitely not buying a Kindle!

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  19. Liz in Missouri (USA)February 24, 2012

    When I was growing up, that very picture and verse was in the bathroom that my brother and I used. I wonder what ever happened to it. WHAT FUN!!!

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  20. My mother had that picture in her bathroom! I think I may even have it somewhere.

    I hate reading in the bath; I'm the joyless sort who gets in, gets clean, and gets out.

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  21. I love reading in the bath! But sadly not my Kindle!

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  22. Yes! I sometimes even KNIT in the bath and then chuckle because I must look very, very foolish!

    Stephanie

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  23. Yes! I sometimes even KNIT in the bath and then chuckle because I must look very, very foolish!

    Stephanie

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  24. I notice on the more modern versions the last two lines are missing. The one I remember in an Essex country house finished with :-
    "and if you really do the thing,
    there's not the slightest need to sing." So don't read opera scores, as if you would !!

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  25. Wow what a great experience awaits you, although I can't believe you've just discovered this loveliness.
    For a truly sybaritic experience can I recommend something fizzy, colourful and deliciously scented from Lush & a glass of wine - and do beware of the awful danger of dropping your book in the water - the horror of sodden pages; and obviously probably not the best idea to use a Kindle.
    Have fun. :-)

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  26. Oh! This is a nice guilty pleasure, though I am more of a shower person, a book in the bath is essential wether you get into the tub or not. I have to absolutely forbid my family from taking my bathroom book out of that room, as they never seem to put it back and I have to go hunt it up being in the very most exciting part as I usually am when the book disappears! They are family but sometimes I wish they would keep a book for themselves in the bathroom and leave mine be! Hope you enjoy your new reading environment. And, yes, dunking the book is a hazard. I have gotten many soggy, rumpled returns from my sister from her enjoyment of reading in the tub! Have fun!

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  27. Too funny that this should cause so many comments-- in fact you are inspiring me to do exactly that! And --if you should get a few drops on a library book--the steam iron works quite nicely!

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