All my life (well, since adolescence, at least) I have taken a shower first thing in the morning. This is what all the members of my family do, and I’ve just always assumed it was the normal thing to do.
My fiancee, who is Chinese, takes showers at night before she goes to bed. That’s fine, and I certainly don’t have a problem with it, except she recently told me that she was appalled that I would consider going to bed without showering first and that I will, of course, change my behavior once we get married.
According to her, “everybody” takes showers in the evening, and it’s OK if I want to take one in the morning as long as I also take one at night. When I asked her WHY I need to take one at night (is she offended by my body odor or something?) she said that it was simply the way things were done and that I must be strange if I didn’t agree. When I told her that maybe it was just a Chinese thing and that most Americans shower in the morning, she refused to accept the possibility.
So here I am, with what is probably the stupidest question I have ever found myself asking. I mean, I know that most Americans (if not most people of other cultures as well) shower in the morning, but I could use a little confirmation here…