I stopped at the first gas station both to fill up and empty out.
I had been on my way to Greenville to shoot a virtual demo video. Halfway to my destination the thought occurred to me that I should not have consumed a full cup of coffee and a strawberry smoothie. Mother Nature was calling; I suddenly had a big bladder in a small town with nowhere to go, literally. The gas station’s card reader was broken, bathroom door missing
On to the next exit.
Certainly this next would be the winner; I mean, McDonalds never fails. But after reading a sign taped to the glass door: DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS, OUR BATHROOMS ARE CLOSED, I knew this would not be a Happy Meal moment.
At the last of the service/convenient stores on my journey, I spotted a unisex bathroom…and I was relieved—no pun (certainly no fun) intended. I hurried in, passing a police officer on his way out. He said something, which I did not understand, because some inner parts of my body were sloshing louder.
The door had begun to shut behind me when I caught sight of the sign tapped on the unisex door: WE DO NOT PROVIDE TOILET PAPER.
Now for you fellas this may not be a big deal but for us Southern women, this is not good. The first thought is hoping a paper towel holder maybe hanging on the wall but, remember, no paper. I saw a blow drying machine and for a fleeting moment I thought of standing on my head and, well….like I said, it was a fleeting moment. I fumbled and prayed through my purse looking for something….anything to remedy this moment.
After digging around, I found nothing. Maybe I should yell to the cop. “Officer, I have an emergency…”
Then I spotted it—my brand new, regulation, anti-virus medical grade face mask with adjustable straps for comfort and safety. Should I? Would I dare? Oh, the shame, but oh the joy…until I realized my brand new, regulation, anti-virus medical grade face mask with adjustable straps for comfort and safety mask was also non-absorbent.
Okay, well, we’ll just see about that, I thought.
So the next time you venture out, in addition to a full tank of gas, adequate oil and the correct tire pressure, remember to pack a roll or two. I can guarantee, it will help to mask your fears and hopefully have a happier end.