I recently enjoyed a small stint away from home, which means I got reacquainted with the ever-fun-to-use itty bitty soap bar. You know the one. The cute wannabe left for you by the hotel staff. Isn’t it so cute! It’s just the right size for your dolly to use.
Pray tell, who really enjoys an attempted scrub down with something easily lost in the palm of your hand? Get that slippery sucker too wet and it will shoot right out of your grasp like a bottle rocket.
Watch as it hits the ceramic tub and zooms around the base like Lightning McQueen on a race track. Any attempt to capture said soap while still in motion will only result in more laps around the track… with a shot of nitrous.
Of course, it’s a different story when this happens to children. Instead of an intricately woven thread of profanity, there is hearty chorus of giggles. Laughing and splashing up a violent sea storm in the tub, they will stop at nothing to capture the elusive pray. While usually leading up to absolute mess, it’s a fabulous way to keep them occupied should you find yourself with time to kill.
So what do we learn from itty bitty soap? That is, besides how uncomfortable it is to use? For each of us it will be different. I hope you will share your own take. In the meantime, I’ll tell you what I see. There are great advantages in being small. In certain situations, it would play to your advantage should you need to get out of a tight situation or avoid capture. Okay, that’s rather obvious, but it’s now something I think about through the eyes of a writer. Since I started committing my stories to the page, my viewpoint on things has changed. I see the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages, in a great many things that I may have previously just skimmed over.
Now, what would have been a forgotten thought about a seemingly random item – itty bitty soap – becomes a character in a story. Short in stature, but very quick and hard to nab. He… or she… will fight by a different set of rules than the “big bads” because they can. They are the Jackie Chan’s of the worlds I create. So maybe this analysis makes me a bit crazy or maybe it’s further validation I’m a writer. Or both. What say you about itty bitty soap?
On a side note, my little crazy head of a daughter absolutely LOVES the itty bitty soaps. Of course, they’re not so itty bitty in her smaller palms. One thing is for sure, though. The soaps sure don’t last long.