Pissing and our parents

Kalamu Ya Salaam is a star.  I know him from Neo-griot, but his reflective essays are pretty sharp.  Here he is reflecting on the practice of flushing the toilet before you are finished peeing.  He believes that he borrowed this practice from his father.  Which leads to a reflection about what we get (good and bad) from the previous generation.   Here is Salaam:

whether we know our parents and forbears, whether we look like them, whether we have their temperament or proclivities, their way of walking or talking, way of bearing pain or grudges, whether we love them and talk with them often, or could care less and have not seen them in decades, whether they live now or have transitioned to ancestorhood, whatever, whether whatever, the simple truth is: an essential part of all we are is shaped by whatever our parents have been (even if we don’t know who or what they were)—their influence on our fate is inescapable.

via ESSAY: FLUSHING BEFORE FINISHING – WordUp – kalamu’s words.

A little tinkling of a feminist thought.  I doubt as many folks who pee sitting down wind up wanting to push the lever that is behind them.

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