Standing Up

Prompt: Squat


“So you squat on a ceramic surface with a hole in it,” said Howard. “It’s actually healthier.”

“Shut the fuck up, Howard,” said Daisy, peeling a grapefruit.

“And some cultures only wipe with the left hand,” said Howard. “Very logical and clean.”

“Did anyone ask Howard to talk to us about toilet habits?” said Mitchell.

“No,” said Daisy.

“Women aren’t explorers,” said Howard, “because they can’t pee standing up.”

“Can you?” asked Daisy.

Grash, dressed in rags, broke from the sunlight into the shade of the tree, and said, “Time to get back to work.”

“Fuck you, Grash,” said Mitchell.

(Life as a volunteer worker on a southern kibbutz.)