When nature calls – or threatens

By Jami Jones
senior editor


It’s one of those things we don’t like to talk about. Politeness dictates we avoid discussions about bodily functions. Seems it only comes up in the context of sick junior high humor or motherly advice. But we all gotta go.

I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my life I have relied on the human decency of store clerks, office employees, you name it. I’ve asked – even when the sign says “no public restroom.”

It didn’t matter. Nature called.

Never once have I been told “no.”

Why do I get latitude and understanding while many truckers are told to move along, that there’s no room in the john?

Better yet, why are truckers locked outside when the likes of me are ushered into any open door during threatening weather?

It’s a sad reality, really. Truckers are viewed, all too often, as the modern-day second-class citizens with no rights.

There are plenty out there who think like that. Out-of-touch folks will spout some kind of BS about you being prepared to take care of your own needs. They say a porta potty is $100. Check the weather before you park and ask about emergency measures. Bet they don’t even know how to fall out of their own chair when a tornado crops up out of nowhere.

Pressing for humane treatment is the right thing to do, and it makes a difference. Those who set the cause back with less than socially acceptable behavior should be called on it and dealt with as the inexcusably trashy individuals they are.

As for the rest, when nature calls – or threatens – you should be told to come right on in. LL