If the kids had returned it to its place in the little cupboard, there would also be a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush for each family member. There may have been a new cake of soap or perhaps a nail file and scissors, but little else.
But that family of days-gone-by was still ahead of the families in developing countries whose only method of bathing was via a bucket of water or a nearby river.
Not much has changed for those folks.
However, the NEW modern day Australian bathroom is a far cry from that of yesteryear. And it’s not only the look of the bathroom; all objects, equipment and toiletry potions have increased a thousandfold.
Even children now often have their own bathroom, separate from that of the parents - with their own toiletry item supply. There are body washes, shampoos, hair conditioners, body scrubs, pimple lotion (for the teenager), deodorant spray (and roll-on) and moisturisers of several types.
There are hairdryers, hair curlers, hair straighteners, brushes for different hair styles, hair gel, hair mousse, hair wax and all manner of ‘styling products’. In fact, so much stuff that the word ‘product’ (for kids, at least) seems to have morphed into a word that describes something that you put on your hair.
And to accommodate all of this, the bathroom cabinet has expanded to be a couple of large cupboards (behind the now HUGE bathroom mirror) as well as several drawers beneath the ‘vanity’ basin, along with yet another set of shelved cupboards.
All of this stuff seems to be totally necessary.
Meanwhile some people in other lands manage to keep clean with a bucket of water and a piece of soap.
It’s a strange world!