In honor of World Toilet Day, I am dedicating this post to that beloved institution of French life, Madame Pipi. Also known as la dame pipi, it is a mystery as to why this job is invariably held by a woman.
Public toilets, especially clean ones, are much sought after in France, nowhere more so than in cities like Paris. And certainly by no one more than yours truly. Given my distrust of la Sanisette, I have only the greatest appreciation for the important job of the toilet attendant. Unfortunately, she is a dying breed as automation increasingly takes over.
Ode to Madame Pipi
Madame Pipi is always there
Behind the door, below the stair
Always faithful to her post
You’ll find her where you need her most
Her job’s to see that you do yours
While staying safe and clean, of course!
She mops the floors and puts out paper
Sprays the air with fragrant vapor
She takes your coin, and in you go
Do your business, water flows
You wash your hands, prepare to leave
As Dame Pipi rolls up her sleeves
She scrubs the toilet with her brush
Makes sure that none forgot to flush
If you need supplies, she’ll help you out
Hygienically yours, that dame’s got clout!
So next time you have an urgent need
Remember, she’s a dying breed
Be sure to thank her as you go:
Merci, Madame Pipi, bravo!
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