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May 17, 2014

Theresa Timmons: A hot tub glance into innocence

When we bought our fixer-upper house many years ago, we remodeled the bathrooms. Seth's cousin is a plumber and he happened upon a brand new Jacuzzi bathtub. The tub had been ordered for a customer, was the wrong size and was subsequently rejected. But it was just right for our space and we got quite a deal.

I love that Jacuzzi. It is perfect for tired, achy muscles. It is relaxing. Even the sound of the jet motors create a hypnotic white noise that can put you to sleep in 60 seconds.

Three facts you need to know for this story. 1. I spend a little time in the Jacuzzi practically every evening. 2. My grandson Cayden lives with us and he also loves the Jacuzzi. 3. The bathroom door does not lock.

I guess you know where this is going.

So one evening I was having my special Jacuzzi time in my 18-year-old bathtub. It is a big deep tub and it's easy to submerge practically every limb or appendage.

The door flew open and my grandson marched into the bathroom.

"Hi, Mamaw!" he said enthusiastically.

I turned my head to look at him, my head being the only exposed flesh in the cauldron of bubbling soapy brew. I wondered if I should scream or act ridiculous, but then decided against it since sometimes when you make a big deal it actually creates an unnecessary bigger deal. Plus I was really relaxed and not inclined to spoil my bath with drama.

So I answered him calmly. "Hey," I said.

"You takin' a Cuzzi?" he asked.

"Yep," I said.

"Can I take a baf when you get done?"

"Yep," I said.

He looked longingly into the boiling tub. The sound of the water had its usual effect on him.

"Mamaw, I have to use the potty."

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