November 19th, 2008

The story is recycled, not the toilet. Just so ya know. It’s from a year or so ago, back when I had 300 hits per month.

One of the characteristics of autistic behaviours is obsessions. Come to think of it, I just might be autistic myself. But this isn’t about me. Hah!
Ass Burger Boy was obsessed with toilets ever since toilet training began. I think I may have helped to fuel this obsession, since I was pretty eager not to clean up poop.

This obsession impacted my older sister, who had taken ABB to Sears and was thoroughly mortified when he demonstrated his big boy skills in the display toilet. I don’t think she praised him for it. Encouragement is critical during toilet training. It may have set him back a bit.

By sheer accident, I stumbled onto the “What’s in it for me?” method of motivating ABB. I swear I knew the instant he was toilet trained for real. I could see in his eyes the connection as he made it to being a big boy, toilet training, and another fascination of his, which was beards. Since every time he used the potty, I told him he was getting to be a bigger boy, it really clicked with him when I said that when he was bigger, he could grow a beard of his own, much preferable to feeling up the beards of random strangers. I swear I used all the creativity I could muster to motivate that chile.

During this very long period of time,we lived in a place with air in the pipes, and the toilet made a horrifying noise, which I tried to explain by telling him that the toilet needed to clear its throat. Yes, in hindsight, this was entirely stupid of me, but hey, the kid was terrified. Frankly, so was I. Terrified he would never come near a toilet again. I saw myself changing poopy diapers up to the time I might need mine changed. The noise it made sounded like a screechy ERRRRRR, so we made friends with it, and called the toilet Errr.

This led to a great curiosity about other people’s toilets. He wanted to find out if anyone else had a toilet with personality that he could befriend.

Every time we went to a place he hadn’t been to before, he would ask the inhabitants right away “What colour is your toilet?” followed by “Can I see it?” These are the questions he came up with after I had to hurriedly explain to him that only our toilet was called Errr, because of course, he asked to see their Errr, and they had no idea what the Errr he meant.

A few years after he was toilet trained, he asked less often to see people’s toilets, and he quit entirely asking them what colour their toilet was. I didn’t fully understand the perseverance of his obsessions, but was happy to let it go.

A few weeks ago, I asked him if when he goes to a new place, he makes it a point to use the bathroom.

Yes, yes, he does. He has just gotten more subtle with his obsessions as he has matured. And now, I have more mildly amusing stories, and less explanations to provide.

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11 Responses to “Recycled Toilet Story”

Spookygirl Says:

Err ;) I LOVE it!

I should name mine WHOOO cause that’s the noise ours makes, and while our 6 year old is terrified to flush (and thereby make the noise) my not yet potty learned 2 year old LOVES to do it.

Maybe he just knows Whoooo better the the rest of us ;)

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Talina Says:

Hey, I was reading your blog back then cause I remember this post! I laughed just the same this time… Silly ABB!

I bet air in the pipes was scary too! :-o

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witchypoo Says:

Spookygirl: I’d sooner flush after a child than change the diaper. Really.
Talina: I’m glad you’ve been with me this long, and really glad this post brought a laugh from you with sloppy seconds.

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teeni Says:

Ah, LOL! I totally had the headline wrong and thought it was about a recycled toilet! I am glad you cleared that up right away.

Oh, ABB. You are a real joy to your mom and to the rest of us. Yes, it’s much more subtle to ask to use the bathroom rather than ask what color it is and whether you can see it. That way you can check it out for yourself in private! Very smart.

Once, I could hear people through our toilet when they were flushing the system. The water disappeared from the toilet and all of a sudden we could hear the guys down the street as clear as if they were in the room with us! The cats totally freaked and ran around the house with their ears all pressed down against their heads and looking over their shoulders. They should have to warn people about that. I can’t imagine how freaked they would have been if I hadn’t been home with them.

mommyknows Says:

Hahaha … too funny. We have a screeching shower. We’ll have to think up a name!

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kailani Says:

What I want to know is if your sis told the people at Sears what happened or did they run like crazy?

Theresa Says:

*giggle* that was funny :)

jackie sheeler Says:

what a delight this blog is! i have just subscribed to your feed and visited your other website. thanks for leaving such kind comments on GAWM — i’m so glad they lead me here. it is truly one of the freakiest blogs. ROCK ON!

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Jeff Says:

@teeni… that would totally freak me out. I’d have to go out for the day.

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Dee Langdon - BloggerNewbie Says:

You are too funny. I subscribed so I could get my daily dose of humor!

My grandson will be 2 in January and is practically potty training himself. He asks mommy more than mommy asks him. She doesn’t have the patience for the 9 out of 10 “fake runs to the potty cause it’s fun to watch mommy”. She is very encouraging though. She does a little dance and Yay for him. He was so proud his first time he reached in the potty and grabbed it so..I don’t know, so he could keep it??

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Jeff Says:

I love that you named the toilet. As funny as the rest is, that’s the funniest part to me.

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