When the pandemic started, toilet paper became currency. Our neighbor at one point had over 70 rolls in her house even though only 3 lived there. Every time she saw it, she bought it I guess, and I understand that. You never knew when you'd see it again and what the price would be.
Glen's 96-year old mother had to go into care last October (2020). She so wanted to stay in her house and pass in her sleep, but the universe didn't cooperate. She reached a point where her mental sharpness waned along with her body. She needed 24 hours supervision. It was not unexpected.
Glen began to occasionally bring a package of rolls home after going out to check on the house. For awhile this was working okay, but then we were in for a surprise. There came the day we opened a 9 pack he had brought home to discover first - it was only 1 ply. Oh well. Toilet paper is toilet paper right? Not is this case.
In the beginning I didn't clue in to what the problem was with this strange toilet paper. It started simply enough. I seemed to suddenly be struggling to get clean after using the bathroom and using way way too much. I put it down to the product being one ply, but I was wrong - totally wrong. Finally Glen figured it out. When he said didn't you notice............ I was shocked. I hadn't, but it was true.
THE TOILET PAPER FLOATED!!!
Why was this so shocking. Well think about it. The main selling point of most toilet paper ads is how absorbent their product is. And it's that very feature - how well it absorbs - that makes it useful in the bathroom. If it doesn't absorb, then it's not going to work well is it? A toilet paper that literally floats on water is definitely not absorbing anything. Oh my, who thought that was a good idea. Now I'm curious what it was made of, but unfortunately we threw the package away after opening.
What have I learned from this experience? I'll be reading every package carefully in the future to make sure we never get floating toilet paper again!