I prefer toilet paper to roll over the top instead of out from the bottom.
There. That wasn’t so bad.
When I come across a roll that is installed the wrong (in my opinion) way, I am not happy. I have fleeting thoughts of how the world might be a better place if we would all learn to install toilet paper rolls the right (in my opinion) way. I wonder why not every gets this fairly obvious (to me) fact.
Then I fairly quickly give thanks that I am not responsible for the installation of every roll of toilet paper in the world. That is a job I, in fact, do not want. (I’m not even sure I would want the job even if it was guaranteed to make the world a better place.)
So, the last time I faced this particular traumatic moment, I realized that one of the first rules of living in community is that we must be willing to let go of things we are not willing to do ourselves.
I am not claiming this is an absolute rule; there are certainly expectations and standards on some matters. Consider how much frustration we cause one another when we expect the same results from someone else on a task that we would refuse to do or ask them to do.
Is there no room for training, or discussion, or negotiation? On the contrary; such talk is perhaps the thing we are really missing in our society. We lay expectations on one another without any talk about what our expectations are or where they come from.
Roll your toilet paper whichever way you want. But I would appreciate it if one of you who prefers rolling from under to explain to me why.