Toilet Built For Two

May 26th, 2010

Toilet Built For Two - Kids

For Mom, it’s all about those quiet moments.

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174 Responses to “Toilet Built For Two”

  1. Holla says:

    Did someone just give up?

  2. Winnie says:

    I don’t get it… the sister is wearing pants though.

  3. j.louie says:

    I have to admit this one is a classic! LOL funny but also so real! I can so remember the life of a harried mom with a kind-of wild uninhibited, kid. This kind of youngster is always in some form of disguise… Anyone that has raised a boy knows that you don’t sweat the small stuff and you grab some down time whenever the opportunity provides it.
    She is probably taking a moment to escape and recharge while reading a great love story or a mystery. She might as well take a quick break while she waits for the water to run in the tub. Anyone knows that kids need to use the toilet before they bathe! If you have ever had to clean out a bath tub of anything other than # 1! And that sweet little girl is helping mom out. I can just hear her, “I’ll watch him mom. I’ll set right here and hold him so he has to do his business and he won’t get away.”
    The floor tile looks just like the tile in my entry way. It was there when we bought the house, 15 years ago, and just this year was replaced. Some people worry too much about décor when all most of us should be worrying about is lovin’ your spouse, and kids, making sure they have the stuff they need and college money put aside.
    The fact that the scale is in front of the door makes it obvious that behind that door is a closet. The kid’s clothes are on the sink, and she has on a plastic apron, ‘cuz that kid is in disguise and it looks like the disguise is either a tiger or a savage. Tigers and savages are not easily subdued into taking bathes, and when they do, it is one wet slippery mess.
    Granted the room was not planned out very well, but the toilet paper is the only place it can be. I don’t think that it could be put on the ceramic tub, the other side of the toilet is a closet door, and the wall on the other side of the closet is too far away too reach. If you put it behind the stool, everybody would be breaking their arms trying to get some. I’d rather have the kids wiping themselves with damp TP then have them think that it’s too much of a bother and not use it at all.
    There is supposed to be a shower curtain on an oval shaped rod that goes around the whole tub. That would prevent the TP from getting wet, but the dad has not gotten to that job yet – Another real life situation.
    YES a classic in every sense of the word!

  4. Sara says:

    I think that’s a mask, but after seeing the strangeness that permeates this photo, it wouldn’t surprise me if that was the kid’s real head.

  5. sooz says:

    Why is the mom wearing a plastic apron?!?!? Yikes – WTH?!?!?! hahahahaha

    • Vicster says:

      That’s my thought, too. Mom seems prepared for something messy with that plastic apron. She’s a little too prepared. I think she’s been in this situation before. That’s even more disturbing.

  6. Phyl says:

    That is so funny!!!

  7. david says:

    Fist off, best photo ever….use the think the term “spit my coffee” was symbolic until this flashed on the screen. 2 questions though, what is the white square thingy on the floor to the right of the toilet? And what is a mini orange chair (way to the right) doing in the bathroom?

  8. Jakelin says:

    Oh my, I was worried at first that this was my picture, then I realised that the kid in front was a boy and we were both like 3. Me and my sis raced to the bathroom and weren’t willing to ler the other win, thats when grandma comes over saying awww and takes a pic.. I wonder how often this happens, I thought it was only us.

  9. cheryl says:

    Happy Freakin’ Mother’s Day!!

  10. Nancy says:

    That is the most beautiful pink tile I have ever seen. And the ugliest floor. All in one awkward bathroom!

  11. ScoutC says:

    What is that brown thing in front of the wooden door on the right side of the pic? It looks like a monkey holding a bag of 8 O’Clock coffee. Although given everything else in the picture, that might not be so odd after all.

  12. j-lu says:

    We had no shower curtain on our tub – bath-only house! It was okay, except after the beach.
    This is the best photo I’ve ever seen – I wish we could see Mom’s face.

  13. Jeff says:

    can’t even begin to wrap my mind around all of the wrongness in this pic….

  14. Lafay says:

    Best Pic EVER.

  15. mom&advocate says:

    So funny. I see this pic and I think “autism.” Autism would explain it all. If there are any other moms of special kids out there, you’ll know what I mean. Love my funny little guy!

  16. Whitebull says:

    Love how the toilet paper is strategically placed so it is much harder for someone on the throne to reach it than someone in the tub…

  17. Valerie says:

    This site as me busting at the seams. I am surpised however, this is the only “one” bathroom picture. I laughed at most of this pictures on this site, thinking of all the pictures my parents took of us growing up, on the toilet, in the bath. I thought all families took pix there. LOL. I might send you some, if I can prey those pix away from my mother.

  18. Erika says:

    Does anybody else think the mom is wearing this white garbage bag apron thing?

  19. NR says:

    Mom is studying for her LSAT and just doesn’t have time to worry about all this domestic crap.

    • Me Myself and I says:

      If you have to study for the LSAT, forget law school. The reasoning ability tested on the LSAT should come naturally or law school will be very difficult and legal practice will be impossible.

  20. Jeff says:

    The funny thing about this picture is that you could cut it in half, with Mom on one side and the kids on the other, and each half would be awkward all by itself. We’re getting two for the price of one!

  21. Elisha says:

    I have to say, this is my favorite awkward photo so far.

  22. Missy says:

    Can’t anyone ever KNOCK before busting in on two kids on a toilet and mom on the tub and someone taking a picture of it?

  23. Duke says:

    Who the heck puts toilet paper so close to the tub? doesn’t it get wet???

    • Missy says:

      Hmm – somehow I think that is the lease of these people’s problems. When two kids have to use the same toilet AT THE SAME TIME, we got bigger problems, dude. Way bigger problems.

  24. Tiffani says:

    Love it. This is the epitome of awkward. Good job AFP.

    The girl and the boy on the toilet reminds me a little of the scene in Ghost, only instead of a pottery lesson….

  25. Chris says:

    Why is there a loaf of Wonder Bread in the corner? And by the way, Zukimac, it’s a good thing the girl DOES have pants on or it would go from just plain weird to completely sick.

  26. JBoz says:

    When I first saw this, it was shockingly awkward. Then I had a flashback to bathtime/bedtime when my kids were little. It was always at the end of the day (usually a very long day) and the woman sitting on the tub reading a book is so true to life. So, yes the picture which is a snippet in time is terribly awkward….but I agree with the other comments that the situation itself was pretty normal. Althouth the mask is kinda strange.

  27. zukimac says:

    By the way, why does the girl have pants on?

  28. Carolyn says:


  29. zukimac says:

    Pink tiles on the wall and gold patterned tiles on the floor? These kids must be so proud to have grown up in a home that their Mother was very particular about, especially her taste in bathroom decor. ~~~ By the way what the heck is the kid in the mask doing with his right hand? Is this why the Mom is wearing a plastic apron?

    • Tabbymom Jen says:

      It would be nice to have the money to redo a bathroom all at once. Notice how much surface is covered with pink tile? Yeah, I could pick vinyl flooring that matches the tile better, but Martha Stuart doesn’t live here and isn’t paying for it. I can sympathize with that Mom living with ugly but not liking it. Once, the floor matched the tile. Then the kids ruined it with water on the floor, so the vinyl had to be replaced. It’s going to happen again, so don’t bother with expensive flooring.

  30. Noneya says:

    I don’t know…I think this one should have been kept in a book. There were eight of us and only one bathroom. Ours never looked like this.

  31. Anne says:

    Well, I sure know why this toilet needs four bolts to hold it to the floor, instead of the usual two.

  32. Joanne says:

    Looks like Mom’s Playgirl Magazine arrived in the mail today!

  33. Same here says:

    That is one awkward bathroom… in our house the toilet paper would be wet all the time.

    • RayRay says:

      Agreed. Toilet right next to the tub? TP holder over the tub? Looks like multiple doors. No shower curtain.

  34. Jill says:

    What’s distrubing to me is that someone actually took a picture of that!

  35. Amanda says:

    My explanation: Boy’s getting ready to take a bath….which is why mom’s in there and wearing an apron (or maybe she’s getting ready to dye someone’s hair and is reading instructions?) and suddenly he realizes he really needs to go before he gets in the tub…which is why he’s stripped down to only his socks. Sister decides to tease him by sitting on the toilet to prevent him going (why she’s still wearing pants). Boy says to heck with it, I’m going anyway. Once he sits down, Sister can’t get out. Mom’s so caught up in figuring out dye instructions she doesn’t pay any attention to what’s going on. Dad walking by sees all the action and takes the picture.

  36. Alan says:

    Mom is reading the instructions manual.

    “Now that the children are comfortably seated,it is time to wait for the audible sound of the next sequence….this will be SPERLASH or MOM, I’M FINNNISSHED”

  37. Gigi says:

    Little boy was smart enough to cover his face and privates in case the photo ever made it on the internet. No blackmail photo to haunt him later.

  38. Nerd says:

    Maybe they are pretending the toilet is a motorcycle or something

  39. Narcissus Shrugged says:

    Look! That little boys socks are dingy…

  40. becseg says:

    Mom was running the tub for little brother’s bath and at the same time helping sister study for a test. Sister had parked on the toilet but little brother insisted he be allowed to sit on the throne, too, while he waited for his bath. The chaos probably seems more than it was at the time…
    This is the best picture of real family life I’ve seen on here.

    • Natty says:

      Agreed!!! This is my life, right here. 🙂 I laughed out loud because this is my reality (minus the 70s floor tiles!!).

    • Tabbymom Jen says:

      What gets me is the look on the girl’s face!

    • Bec says:

      that doesn’t explain the mask!
      Unless this whole bathtime / studying time was happening the day before halloween?

      • mary says:

        having worked with many little boys as a nanny, sometimes it is easier to let them wear the mask/ cape/ random costume piece all year in the house in order to get them dressed appropriately for the outdoors.

        • Karli says:

          Agreed with Mary, I’ve known several little boys who always wear a certain shirt or hat or socks, and to keep them satisfied the parents let them wear it around the house. This one happens to be a mask. Hey, if it keeps them happy..

  41. MidwesternMom says:

    This happens everyday at my house. I’m on my laptop while my 4-yr-old soon poops naked on the toilet. 🙂

    • Bonnie says:

      While an older sibling sits behind him? And sometimes it is photographed? I think not. 🙂

      • Kris says:

        I could so see that being my house too. And my daughter wouldn’t be sitting behind my son, instead she’d be peeking in the toilet to see what he did. 😉

    • Deb says:

      OK. I truly laughed out loud. I also have a 4-year old son and he does the SAME THING!!!! But he has to come running to me, describing what was in the toilet. Sometimes, he names them….

  42. Caryn says:

    Is Mom balancing her checkbook??

  43. Cindy says:

    I think it is one of those picture puzzles where you have to circle everything that is wrong.

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