Toilets have long been a preoccupation of mine. I tell of my toilet life in an earlier post which has some great toilet pictures. Well great if you happen to like toilets. And then there is my toilet memoir. A point to take note of when trying to teach children. Following this was Snapshots (sans photo), yet another toilet piece. However all my pieces are humorous, light pieces of the toilet obsessed person.
There is a more serious side to toilets which is the reason that something to do with toilets became the topic of this prompt given to us by Charli. World Toilet Day. Amarnaik tells us that “daily 620 million Indians are defecating in the open. That’s half the population dumping over 65 million kilos of poo out there every day. If this poo continues to be let loose on us, there will be no escaping the stench of life threatening infections, diseases and epidemics.” He says “It’s time to take the poo to the loo.” To read more of his facts and stats go here. Even more sobering when you consider that this is just India. What about the rest of the developing world. See more at UNICEF and also see more at Anne’s where she also has many links to other articles.
We may laugh at our many styles of thrones,
and we might complain about the seat being left up — but at least we have them.
Sobering in another way is my flash for today.
“Don’t wait.” June said, already entering the toilet block. Overcome by the stench of ammonia she gagged as she engaged the latch. The opener broke in her hand. There was no way out. She waited. The reek of stale urine was nauseating so, balancing on the toilet, she propelled herself, legs straddling the stall’s dividing wall. She hesitated. The odour’s source was now visible. She slid down the wall, feet flailing trying to find the toilet. Her feet slipped on the wet seat, entering the bowl with a sickening crack. No escape, she waited for rescue and an ambulance.