by Maureen Bonatch
I hadn’t realized I actually had a preference until I was challenged about the placement of my toilet paper. It had never really made all that much difference to me outside of my home—not to the point that it does to some people who point out my faulty placement when they’re in my home, or even go so far as to tell me they’ve corrected it and turned the toilet paper to roll over the top.
Personal Preference or Fighting Words
Usually I shrug, and say I prefer my toilet paper to roll the other way, because it doesn’t seem like that much of a big deal. The argument seems to roll right off of me. Although apparently it is a big deal for some.
There are many articles and memes about placement on the internet, whether you’re team under or team over, and even ones that go as far as to indicate the patent drawing and how the toilet paper was intended to roll over the top.
This just supports that most people have beliefs that are deeply ingrained due to their personality, upbringing, or just because they believe it’s the correct way—whether it matters all that much or not. And some may even be willing to debate their belief—fiercely—even on such a private matter, which I feel is more of a personal preference.
It's The Little Things
These preferences are just part of what makes up our individual beliefs. It defines our character and may show how fiercely we will fight to sway someone’s opinion.
Often when we read, or write, a book, the conflicts for the characters are significant—and usually they need to be to keep our interest for the length of the story.
Characters With Dimension
Little preferences such as toilet paper placement might be enough to make characters a little more three-dimensional. Or perhaps it might make you root for them a little more if you’re in agreement of their toilet-paper-team, or if not, it might have them loose a square or two of your favor.
Although most likely a more significant conflict is necessary to keep you turning the pages…that is, unless you’re someone who changes other people’s toilet paper placement.
Perhaps there’s a story waiting to be written about identifying the mysterious toilet paper turner.
Looking for a something a little scarier than your toilet paper being placed the wrong way?
Check out my book Evil Speaks Softly.
Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her website, Facebook & Twitter
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