Until 2020, I feel that I, and most other people, had taken toilet paper for granted. It was everywhere we needed it to be, and we could readily find all our favorite brands and off brands on the shelves in all our local stores.
When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, we saw droves of people heading to the store and buying all the toilet paper in sight. They figured that if they were going to be quarantined at home with their families, then they were going to need even more of that precious TP. In reality, it just made it crazy hard to find that cushy stuff when you really needed it.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Plumbers across the nation were somewhat excited when the toilet paper shortage happened because people had to resort to items that were not safe for their plumbing. This then resulted in homeowners calling plumbers to clear out any and all blockages. What was being flushed when TP supplies were low? Paper towels, non-flushable and “flushable” wipes, and other items.
The Shortage Is Finally In The Rear-View Mirror
If you were one of those people who were carefully counting your squares due to the shortage, then you were probably agitated when you saw those happy Charmin Bears wiggling their butts in commercials. Their happy faces probably made you feel angry when you realized you couldn’t buy OR squeeze the Charmin – let alone any other kind of toilet paper.
Thankfully, those days of pining over toilet paper are behind us. We can rejoice in the ability to buy our favorite preferred one or two-ply paper while being mindful that we don’t need to go bananas and buy huge quantities anymore.
National Toilet Paper Day is August 26. This might seem like a silly day on the calendar, but you can take a minute to appreciate the full shelves of toilet paper at the store, or by partaking in a hopefully lighthearted debate of Over versus Under. Have you ever had this conversation with someone? Do you think the TP should go over the roll, or under the roll? I take the position of over, in case you’re curious where I stand.
And if you’re looking for a couple fun facts about toilet paper, well you’ve come to the right place. For instance, the reason National Toilet Paper is on this day is because it was first sold in the U.S. on August 26, 1871. Also, did you know that prior to 1935, toilet paper sometimes had splinters in it? Ouch!
Do You Celebrate National Toilet Paper Day?
So, whether you celebrate National Toilet Paper Day or not, the team with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling appreciates a good roll of quality toilet paper as much as our customers do. We encourage you to shake your booties happily over the amazing and hygienically necessary invention of toilet paper. I know we are!