Wednesday, 14 July 2010
The great unwashed
I always shower once a day, usually in the morning, but at this time of the year, twice a day is essential.
We do get an awful lot of water cuts (and power cuts) particularly in the summer, so if we have water late at night, I take a shower, because you can bet your life there won't be water first thing in the morning.
I needed to go into Milas early this morning....as early as possible to avoid the heat. I woke up to no water. I don't like going out of the house without at least washing my face and cleaning my teeth, and if necessary I'll use bottled water to do this, but this morning I had none. So out came the wet wipes for the face...I always keep a supply handy, for using as a handwash after the toilet or before handling food. And I had to make do with chewing-gum instead of brushing my teeth.
My neighbours of course, don't worry about such things...whether they have running water or not. This is a farming community so their crops and animals are the priority when it comes to water. Many of them seem to work and sleep in the same clothes. Even on the rare occasion that they take a shower, they will more often than not, put the same clothes back on again, unwashed.
You could forgive them for being unwashed because of the shortage of water in the summer, but they have another excuse in the winter...they think that taking a shower will make them sick.
So travelling on a crowded dolmuş in this heat is not for the faint-hearted...or those of you, like me, who have a sensitive sense of smell. This morning was one of those mornings, the heat was making me feel sick, but even worse was the smell of the passengers. I was fortunate to find a seat next to a window...but that's another thing...no matter how stiflingly hot it is inside the bus, these bloody people won't let you have the window open more than an inch...why? Because they think it will make them sick!
They're not all like this of course. My husband hates being smelly..he'll shower a couple of times a day, but I did notice that when his father stayed the time before last, for a period of about 5 days, that he didn't shower while he was here...because the weather was cold.
Even though I had showered last night, I still felt uncomfortable about leaving the house unwashed this morning...I needn't have worried...I was most definitely the sweetest smelling passenger on the bus!