A few days ago my daughter began to ask me about toothbrush holders. Toothbrush holders are the kinds of things to which adults rarely give much thought. 99.9% of the time they just sit in a drawer waiting for that 0.1% of the time when you go on a trip and it gets tossed into your travel case.
But, to a 5-year-old, a toothbrush holder is a thing of magic, beauty, and ceremony. Its appearance heralds adventure – since it is only brought out when they’re about to go on some exciting trip. So, I suppose, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that she wanted one of her own. However, there were specifications…
The toothbrush holder must have a bulbous end. The toothbrush holder must have a handle. And, above all else, the toothbrush holder must be pink. PINK!
I pointed out that there was no reason for a toothbrush holder to have a bulbous end or for it to have a handle. toWhile she understood there was no reason for such things to be, she understood equally well that there were no particular reasons for them not-to-be either.
With the issue resolved, she drew the above schematics. The most amusing part of this for me is that it never occurred to her that she couldn’t have such an impossible toothbrush holder. From the moment the idea of a bespoke toothbrush holder popped into her head, she knew full well that her father need only be properly instructed in the design for the toothbrush that he might, in turn, so instruct the household robot.
And with that, we embarked upon the adventure of the toothbrush case.
…to be continued