URINE: waste material that is secreted by the kidney in vertebrates, is rich in end products of protein metabolism together with salts and pigments, and forms a clear amber and usually slightly acid fluid in mammals but is semisolid in birds and reptiles
It’s sunny in Seattle. A couple of families from Son’s school were heading to a local lake to swim yesterday, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve lived in Seattle for years but never taken myself or the kids swimming at our urban man-made lake. When I told Son and Daughter about our plans, Son looked confused. He clarified, “You can swim in lakes?” Poor northwest urban kid. Yes, you can. On approximately 17 days a year.
The day was a success. Both Son and Daughter were more adventurous in the water than I expected. Daughter (3) even announced that she wanted to jump off the high-dive. She changed her mind when I told her fish floaties weren’t allowed beyond the ropes. Toward the end of our afternoon, Son announced that he needed to pee. I responded with a loving, “How bad?”
We hustled to the ladies room to find a line of about 20 women extending beyond the entry door. I have no idea how many more were inside, but it didn’t look promising for an urgent pee situation.
I explained to Son that the line for the bathroom was really long and that if he couldn’t wait ten minutes, this one time it was acceptable to swim out in the lake and just pee in his swim suit. I figured at least 40-percent of the kids swimming in the lake had already done so. What was the harm in another ¼ cup? Son was not impressed with my suggestion.
He looked me in the eye and announced firmly, “That is disgusting. I will not do that!”
Son is five. I take him in the women’s restroom with me when Husband isn’t around. I’ve never sent him in to a public men’s restroom alone. But I was left with the choice between trying to make something wrong sound right or giving him a crash-course in city-savvy bathroom procedures.
We hurried around to the men’s restroom (no line…of course!) as I told him the basics:
Go into a stall.
Pee as fast as you can.
If anyone talks to you or makes you nervous, yell “Mom!” as loud as you can.
Wet your pants if you have to, but run out of there if anything looks or feels unsafe.
Everything turned out fine. But, I confess that I would have preferred he pee in the lake.