Simple Blessings of Showers

outdoor showerI love my parents’ house.  I feel at home there.  I know where things are and how they work.  I have “my” room and “my” chair.  There are citrus trees, a lovely screened-in pool, and an amazingly spacious kitchen.  One of my favorite things about their house (besides them!) is the outdoor shower.

Spending time swimming, floating around, and playing in the pool is great, but it’s hard to beat an outdoor shower.  I first discovered my love for an outdoor shower at Jones’ Beach in New York.  I remember being a kid in the shower enclosures—privacy, fresh air, blue sky, puffy clouds, a light breeze and fresh water to wash away the salt and sand of a day on the beach.  A perfect end to a lovely day.  Those images and sensations were indelibly inked on my memory and associated with  bliss.

When my parents built their house in Florida, they asked if I had anything to add to the wish list.  Immediately, an image of an outdoor shower popped into my mind.  My parents and their contractors delivered wonderfully.  Out of all the amazing features of their house, my favorite is definitely the simple pleasure of the private outdoor shower.

photo courtesy of Shane Robinson

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4 Responses to “Simple Blessings of Showers”

  1. Barbara DownsFebruary 1, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    You didn’t like our outdoor shower in Bouake? Where we gave the dog’s a bath??? LOL I miss home.

  2. SherylFebruary 1, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Any outdoor shower is a good one! I miss your home, too . . . lots of fond memories, but most of all I miss you.

  3. Shane RobinsonFebruary 8, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    Aloha Sheryl,

    Much Mahalo for providing credit and link on the shower photo. 🙂

    Showering outdoors, on a daily basis, truly is a blessing and one that I wish everyone could experience. Friends and family that visit us here in Hawaii are sometimes reluctant to use our shower even though it’s very private. But once they do it’s all they talk about.

    Right now the tangerine tree that you see above the wall is in full fruit and the branches, heavy with bright orange tangerines, hang just above the wall and filter the bright sunshine the beams down into the shower deck.

    It really is an amazing experience and I work everyday to not begin to take it for granted.

    Aloha.

  4. SherylFebruary 9, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    You’re very welcome, Shane! Thanks again for the great photo.

    I wish I had the luxury of an outdoor shower on a regular basis—but it’s not a reality in Colorado. It was a chilly 0 F this morning. Brrrrrrrrr. I was happy to get in 2 morning outdoor showers on my trip to FL last week, and that started those days quite well.

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