The truth is, I don't always flush after each use. There, I said it.
I remember back in highschool spending the day on a house boat that belonged to the family of a friend. As soon as we got on board, we were taught the following little rhyme:
If it's yellow, let it mellow.
If it's brown, flush it down.
Obviously, in a house, we are not under the same fresh water restrictions as when you're living on a boat, however I still stand by my desire to conserve water. Not only does my, ahem, mellow attitude save water and therefore money, but I also feel strongly about water conservation in light of Peter's trip to the Sudan in 2007.
The knowledge that I use more fresh water to flush my toilet than most Sudanese children drink in their lifetime is convicting. Sure you could argue that if Sudanese mothers HAD a toilet, they WOULD use it, but I'm not sure if that argument holds much water (pardon the pun). People there know what a precious commodity clean, fresh water is and they don't waste it.
They don't take it for granted as we do.
My guilt over flushing peaked during my pregnancy with Andrew. I just couldn't justify using several liters of water to flush the measly few ounces -or mere drops!- of output I was producing hourly. Often I'd stand up from the toilet and have to go again by the time I was done washing my hands! When you're using and flushing the toilet dozens of times each day IT ADDS UP. I was trying to use water more efficiently.
Unfortunately, Liam seems to have adopted my aversion to water use. And he is less -much less- discerning when it comes to when he should, or should not, flush.
Things came to a head this week when Peter came stomping out of the bathroom and stated (rather loudly, I might add) that, "I work hard everyday so that my family CAN AFFORD TO FLUSH THE TOILET."
While I found this hilarious, I have come to the conclusion that a harmonious marriage is of greater importance than water conservation.
(Which just means that I'm trying really hard to remember to flush and clean both toilets before Peter gets home from work.)