Writes Robert Radin in Salon, "When my son was 3 years old he became obsessed with urinals. Ordinary toilets held no particular charm for him. But urinals — well, that was another matter altogether."
While last week we learned about the travails of potty-training, now we learn the pitfalls in store for those who've mastered the bathroom: consuming obsession. The little boy's obsession with urinals becomes a tyranny that makes any foray out of the house protracted and urinal-centric, and because it cuts down on urinal time, the child refuses to let his mother take him to the bathroom.