Am I weird?
Am I unusual?
Or do I just have a different appreciation of things?
The word “obsessed” has been used!
Because the humble toilet is a much under-appreciated thing.
As a rule, people don’t love them, they don’t talk about them and they most certainly don’t celebrate them.
But there is always an exception to the rule!
I am passionate about toilets.
I think about them, talk about them, ask people to provide them and turn up to the official press opening of them!
“Press opening???” I can almost hear you questioning why on earth the press would cover the opening of a toilet.
Yet almost every Changing Places toilet seems to get attention. There will be an official opening with invitations going out to local press. There might be a ribbon to cut and some have even been opened with a gathering which includes a specially made cake to celebrate it! Social media will be awash with excitement. Individuals and families will be delighted.
It will be celebrated!
Don’t get me wrong, the people who have worked to make these facilities happen should be proud of them. And we should be proud of every good person who has made it happen.
But, surely, the real marker that our society is accessible and inclusive, would be when toilets with a bench and hoist are seen as everyday things, just another facility and certainly nothing to celebrate?