the last bathing お風呂の卒業式

I think that bathing is an important culture for Japanese and it's unique in the world.

I used to take a bath with my son.
He loves it and always plays there. He brings some toys and often gets under water, and sometimes even splashes water at me. To be honest, I didn't like to take a bath with him. I had wanted to be alone in the bath calmly, but he had wanted to take a bath with me as my husband always comes home late at night.

However, these days my son doesn't want to take a bath with me. We had taken it together until around last summer. At first, I was happy to be alone there, but recently I miss him. A few days ago, I suddenly was worried that we would not able to do it together forever. I felt so sad.

I thought that I wanted to take a bath with my son again but the last.
I offered it to my son, but he turned it down.
I don't like to be vague for things and I want to make clear distinctions. And I wanted to wash his back and vice versa for the last time.

Last night, I offered it to him again, but he turned it down again. However, I had made up my mind already.
As soon as he got into the bath room, I went there, too. I had thought that he got angry, but I was glad to see his smile.
He played there as usual such as getting under water and splashing at me. And finally we washed our backs each other.

I was so happy, but was so sad as well.
Thank you, my sweetie !







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That was incredible to read, and it made me smile a lot.

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Hi, Always visiting.

What was incredible for you?

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Original Article:

I think that bathing is an important culture for Japanese and it's unique in the world.

I used to take a bath with my son.
He loves it and always plays there. He brings some toys and often gets under water, and sometimes even splashes water at me. To be honest, I didn't like to take a bath with him. I had wanted to be alone in the bath calmly, but he had wanted to take a bath with me as my husband always comes home late at night.

However, these days my son doesn't want to take a bath with me. We had taken it together until around last summer. At first, I was happy to be alone there, but recently I miss him. A few days ago, I suddenly was worried that we would not able to do it together forever. I felt so sad.

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Recommended Corrections:

*Parents bathing with their young children is an important part of the Japanese culture. I think it is particularly unique to Japan.

OR...

The nightly ritual of a relaxing hot soak in a deep bath is an important part of the Japanese culture. I think it is particularly unique to Japan.

*As I am unsure of what you had meant, I gave some examples. The way you had originally stated it meant that only the Japanese bathe...with the implication that no other culture bathes on a nightly basis (which is untrue).

I used to take a bath with my son.
He used to love bathing with me, and he used to always play in the water. He would take in his bath toys and he would often completely submerge himself, and he would sometimes even splash water at me. To be honest, I didn't like to bathe with him. I just wanted to be able to soak in peace, but he always wanted to take a bath with me, as my husband always comes home late at night.

However, these days my son doesn't want to take a bath with me. We had always bathed together until around last summer. At first, I was happy to be alone, but recently, I miss bathing with him. A few days ago, I suddenly worried that we would never be able to bathe together again. I felt so sad.

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Original Article:

I thought that I wanted to take a bath with my son again but the last.
I offered it to my son, but he turned it down.
I don't like to be vague for things and I want to make clear distinctions. And I wanted to wash his back and vice versa for the last time.

Last night, I offered it to him again, but he turned it down again However, I had made up my mind already.
As soon as he got into the bath room, I went there, too. I had thought that he got angry, but I was glad to see his smile.
He played there as usual such as getting under water and splashing at me. And finally we washed our backs each other.

I was so happy, but was so sad as well.
Thank you, my sweetie !

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Recommended Corrections:

A few days ago, I suddenly had the urge to have one last bath with my son.
I asked my son if he would like to bathe with me, but he turned me down.
I don't like to be vague. I like to be perfectly clear in matters. I simply wanted to wash my son's back, and for him to wash my back, one last time.

Last night, I again offered to wash his back, but he had, once again, turned me down. I had, however, already made up my mind to have one last bath with my son.
As soon as he entered the bathroom, I joined him there. I had thought that might get angry, but I was glad to see his smile.
He played in the tub as usual. I enjoyed, once again, watching him go under water. I even enjoyed his playful splashing at me.

When we finally washed each other's backs, it was a moment of profound bittersweetness.
I was so happy to be able to, once again, share this tender moment with my son, but I was also so sad knowing that it would be our last such moment together as well.

Thank you, my sweetie !

Re: English Corrections

Hi, Shiroi Tora.

Thank you very much for the corrections.

Yes, my feeling in a nutshell was 'bittersweet'.

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Just the culture with bathing and how your son had a bath with you again. It was nice to read about. I never bathed with my parents, it's not something my family did.

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Hi, Always visiting.

Thank you for your reply.
I think it's usual for parents and their children who are under around ten to bathe together in Japan.
I've sometimes heard that girls who are in junior high school (under around 15) bathe with even their fathers.


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I remember having baths with my father until around ten or eleven. I forget when it exactly was that I first started taking showers alone, but I don't think my father suggested that kind of "one last bath". I think he just let it go. It probably would've been very awkward otherwise, because I had most likely started to recognize the change in my body. Maybe it's a more delicate issue between a father and a daughter (than between a mother and a son). Personally, I think it's incredible that girls over 13 would take baths with their father. I recently read about mothers sleeping with their teenage sons and it sent a shiver down my spine to tell the truth. But maybe that's just because I've never had a child. Thanks for sharing your heartwarming experience!

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Hi, broccoli.

Thank you for your comment and telling me your bath story.
Nowadays there are a few children in a family, so the relationship between parents and children is stronger than that in days of old. I think that the number of teenagers who bathe with their parents is actually larger than that I've heard.




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