Renn loved bath-time at the house. He would know what day of the week it was, and Saturday night, after we would watch a movie, he would wait by the door of the bathroom. Then, when I started running the water, he would come in, his back arched, his body wiggling, excited and happy. Why, I don’t know. He wasn’t going to have the bath. He wasn’t even going to get wet, and wouldn’t have liked it if he did. But he loved bath-time.
When we moved to the apartment, he lost his interest in the weekly event. This was natural, I suppose, if unexpected. For almost a month, he didn’t bother to come in to the bathroom when the water started pouring into the tub. He might wander in later, but evinced no special enthusiasm. This has changed.
My big boy once again loves bath-time. Though the pictures don’t show his exuberance, he now repeats his performance from the house, wriggling and twisting, turning and falling, delighted that I am having a bath. (I would blame it on a celebration that I am at last cleaning myself, but I actually have showers other nights of the week.) Renn simply enjoys the fact of the bath.
There is a complication in the new abode, however. In the house, I would bathe in the bathroom upstairs and shower in the shower-room’s stall downstairs. I liked the logic of that arrangement. Thus, whenever Renn saw me filling the tub, especially on Saturday nights, he knew what was in store. Now, the shower and bath are combined, and he has been confused when I run water preparatory to showering each night. He comes wobbling and dancing into the bathroom, only to turn away in some puzzlement at the drawn curtain and the swiftness of the whole procedure. But he doesn’t bear me or the bath-tub any ill will. He will come to understand the schedule, as he did in our previous residence.
In the meantime, I try to explain, and let Renn know each Saturday when it’s bath-time. So far, he has joined me for several weekends, purring his rough happiness. I have no clue as to why my big boy enjoys my baths so much. I just know that I like it when he does.