Wednesday, July 28, 2010
My Grandmother's Air Baths
My grandmother was a very staid, conservative lady, a fact which makes the air bath image all the more humorous. I used to picture her stark naked with arms outstretched running in a circle around her room while a ceiling fan turned above her. I don't know that she had a ceiling fan, but it seemed like a logical accessory to an air bath. The incongruity of my very proper grandmother prancing about naked as a jay bird was silly enough to delight my childish imagination.
Recently I asked my mother about this and she said she didn't recall ever telling me this story. She said it just didn't sound like anything her mother would do. I then called my sister to see if she remembered hearing this story. She said she didn't, but that didn't surprise me since there are a lot of things she doesn't seem to remember. I know my mother told me this story because I heard it several times. How would I make up such a thing?
Out of curiosity I looked up "air bath" on Google. I found several entries that talked about how Benjamin Franklin used to take air baths for his health. There was even a blog entry about air baths. This was enough to convince me that I didn't just make up this idea of air baths. Actually, on some of these hot summer days an air bath doesn't sound half bad.
Have you ever heard of air baths? Do you ever take air baths?