I've watched public service announcements on TV asking people in Hawaii to conserve water by turning off the shower while washing. They show somebody behind a curtain turning on the water to rinse themselves and then turning off the water while they soap themselves clean. Then they turn the water back on to rinse off the soap. I've watched it but I'm sorry to say I didn't actually do it. I thought I'd get chilled or that I wouldn't get as clean.
This brought to mind my son's experiences in Mali when he was in the Peace Corps. He told me that he took a shower with one bucket of water that had to be lugged over from the village well.
I just never thought I could do that.
Art went to visit Jon for a month and said it is possible. This is a photo of Jon's bathroom for 2 years.
And then I broke my foot. I couldn't take a normal shower standing on one foot. I had to sit in the tub, wash up with the shower off and then rinse the soap away with the shower wand. That was quite a revelation.
Now I'm continuing to take showers using much less water than before. I really don't think I could have done this in Chicago in January but in summer? Sure! Sometimes, it takes an accident to open our eyes.