Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ode to the Bath



photos by me
Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar. -Pablo Picasso

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. -Sylvia Plath

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine. -St. Thomas Aquinas

One of the simple pleasures and leisures I am most grateful for is bath time. When I was nine years old, and the family was looking for a new house, what sold my mother on the 1920's bungalow we eventually would call home was the clawfoot bathtub. And, like mother like daughter, while looking for my first "real" apartment, what sold me was the beautiful, white, deep clawfoot bathtub.

Thus, it was at a young age that bath time for me was revered as a sacred space for the bather, not unlike meditation for prayer. I draw my bath, pouring the suds by the capful under the running water, and closes the door to allow for the scented steam to fill the room (for me, the chosen scent is EO's Rose and Chamomile). I light candles, slip in, and listen to the sounds of bubbles whisper pops. I like to gather the foam around me, like a sudsy shawl or watery wrap, and feel the bubbles kiss my skin. Silence seeps and thoughts vanish, dissolving like lumps of sugar, and everything seems a simple miracle.

16 comments:

Heather said...

That is a nice bath! wish I had one with claws and a curtain too, it's like a nice 4 poster bed.

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I'm so jealous that you got to mill around town with the fleet foxes! I only know a few of their songs I must listen to the whole album :)

cellardoor said...

I am a bath lover too. Sometimes I wish I were more of a shower person, in and out quick and zesty and fresh, but I like to wallow and splash in scented water, and you can't read too well in the shower either!

Meaghan Kelly said...

aww i love baths! and i think yours is fantastic! i love clawfoot tubs and that mosquito net curtain idea is amazing!

yiqin; said...

I want a bathtub!

Poke Salad Annie said...

this is my first visit to your blog, and i love it here! i enjoy your style of writing very much, and look forward to reading more of your posts :)

Alexa said...

The difference between a bath an d a shower is that a bath washes away more than dirt. What I wouldn't give for a claw-footed tub!!

Dianne Poinski said...

As you know, my bath is a nightly ritual, almost an addiction - for without it my day does not seem complete.
Loving your blog sweetie!

hannah + landon said...

ohh i'm so envious, i wish i had a proper tub! my tub is in too sorry a state for such luxurious dips.

Lucie said...

Such cute pictures!
Im also pretty new to the fashion blogging world. Its good to have met another newbie!

Much love x

Claradevi said...

How nice! I love the way you write about the bath sensation, so relaxing and beautifully depicted :)

Spardha Malik said...

Silence seeps and thoughts vanish, dissolving like lumps of sugar, and everything seems a simple miracle.

WOW!!! u toook paulo's symbolism to a new level!

briannelee said...

Ah, I love taking hot baths. It is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

nath said...

aaaah, that looks like bliss, my bath is not up to such prolonged wallowing and that is a daily source of pain for me! we're about to sell our house though... there could be a fancy bath on the horizon..!

Tara Diane said...

Oh my gosh, could those pictures be any cuter?!

Sylvia said...

I really love this! The Sylvia Plath quote is wonderful.

The Wandering Writer said...

Wow! This is crazy! That bathroom looks just like the one I had in my studio apartment in San Francisco! I mean, exactly...the trimming, the location of the toilet. haha...weird!

I agree, a bath is a true luxury that I could not do without, especially a clawfoot one! :)

Natalie xx