Privacy Please!

Growing up, my mom had a pretty standard routine after she got home from work. She would greet us if she didn’t pick us up from school and then go to the bathroom and stay there for what seemed like forever. We were not allowed to bother her at all unless it was an emergency. To this day, I’m not sure what was going on in there. But now, as a married woman and mother of two, I can relate one hundred percent. We’ve all seen a meme or funny video of a mom not being able to go the powder room without little fingers being stuck under the door or the constant knocking asking to open fruit snacks.

What is up with the lack of privacy?

privacyThe bathroom is the small oasis in our homes where we should not be bothered. Spouses and kids take up every other inch of our homes, let us at least have our bathroom time. We don’t get “man caves” so we have to settle for the lavatory. What we choose to do in there should not be up for discussion or interrupted.

My husband (who I love dearly) can handle all his business including shaving his entire head without being bothered at all. I can’t brush my teeth without someone poking his nose in. Once, I did the unthinkable and locked the door to the bathroom while I was using it. After being harassed, my husband actually asked me “why did you lock the door?” Y’all. I lost it. I totally understand that I am the backbone of my household and the heartbeat that keeps it running but please leave me alone. Stop knocking on the door asking to play ROBLOX while I’m applying my clay face mask. Stop barging in when I’m shaving my legs asking how much longer I’m going to be and that I’m the reason our water bill is so high. And please, stop banging when ahem … business is being handled. There’s nothing I can even do about it then!

I understand why my mom just ignored us. I think she just wanted to enjoy her Reader’s Digest in peace. Enough is enough. It’s time for us to reclaim our bathroom time with the doors locked.

Camille has always had ties to Baton Rouge even though she didn’t live here until she finished college. Both of her parents grew up in the Red Stick but she was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) with a BA in Communication Studies, she moved to Baton Rouge and welcomed her adorable son Caleb (7) less than a year later. She navigated life being a divorced mom until 2015 when she married her incredibly supportive husband Chris in San Francisco. They welcomed baby Christian in the summer of 2017. Truly a “Jane of all Trades”, she has worked in non-profit, local news, retail management, and owned a successful childcare facility. All roads led her to be an elementary school teacher which she believes is her calling. Camille enjoys “family fun days” where they explore BR, CrossFit, baking, and drinking all the coffee. She lives with her family in Ascension Parish with their chubby puggle Chloe.


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