Counting the days until I get my own bathroom


Gazebo Photo by Caroline Sutherland

Caroline Sutherland looks forward to the day when she doesn’t have to share a bathroom with her younger brother

Although I am sad about my sister going off to college, I also am looking forward to that day because I will get to move into her room. I finally will be free of having to share a bathroom with my younger brother.

No more cold showers, dirty boxers, and left-up toilet seats.

In my house, I am unfortunate enough to share a bathroom with my younger brother, Drew. He is constantly unorganized and smells like most 13-year-old boys.

I, on the other hand, am a very OCD person. I like to have everything organized the way I like it. However, Drew does not seem to care about this.

He repeatedly leaves his dirty clothes on the floor, piles of dirty towels on the hooks, and toothpaste on the countertops. All of which drive me crazy.”

— Caroline Sutherland

Most all of our arguments start because of the sharing of the bathroom. We nag at each other, commenting on little things like who has the privilege of taking the first shower or who gets to empty out the trash can.

In the end, I am almost always the one that loses the fight. This is because with him being the only boy in the family, Drew is the “little princess.” He is truly treated like royalty in my family, where I am stuck being his personal housekeeper.

The worst part about sharing a bathroom is when either of us have friends over. This often results in forced conversations between our friends and one another.

Once, when I had a friend over, my brother was getting out of the shower as they were going to use the restroom. Luckily , Drew had a towel around his waist.  But my friend, who only has a sister,  always will remember that awkward encounter with my brother.

Not sharing a bathroom with my brother will be a very beneficial thing. We are growing up and are in desperate need of some personal space. It will be a great change not only for us, but our friends, too.

So, I am counting down the days until I get my own bathroom, away from my little brother and free at last.