The other day I was a few minutes late for a meeting with some (female) colleagues. I turned the corner and saw them waiting outside my office.
"Sorry I'm late," I confessed sheepishly "I had to pee."
They exchanged jealous glances. "You peed? Seriously? How do you make the time? We never have time to pee!!"
They weren't kidding.
How many of us have said to ourselves "I'm just going to finish this report - or change this diaper - or stir fry this chicken - and then I'll pee" only to have another report, diaper or chicken needing to be typed, changed or stir fried (hopefully in the right order)?
Are we so out of touch with our bodies that going to the bathroom becomes something on our to do lists? Squeezed between calling the carpet cleaner and buying chopped hazelnuts?
Do we have so little self respect that we will actually put off taking a leak?
The answer, for many of us, is yes.
One of my friends got me a Women Who Do Too Much calendar for New Year's. The tear-off pages urge me to take time for myself. Sip cups of mint tea, have coffee with friends, enjoy a drink with my husband. True, we're only in April, but so far none of the suggestions have included sitting on a toilet, peeing, wiping, flushing and - let's go crazy - washing my hands with eucalyptus soap.
Hot Stone Massages? Worth every penny. Knitting retreat in Vermont? I'm sure that would be fun too. But you don't need a spa or a spinnery to treat yourself. You can start today.
Go ahead. Pee. You deserve it.