It is standard in Korea to have toilet paper available either centrally
or in the stalls. You have to remember to look for the big communal
roll, which is your only cue to take some with you as you head into your
stall. Sometimes I forget to look, but it's okay. Sometimes I end up
sacrificing a sock to the Goddess of Hygiene.
So, the bathrooms outside the kindergarten classroom were recently
remodeled, and the students must now remember to collect their paper
I was walking by the new bathroom and saw the tiniest kindergarten girl
sliding up a partition with a wad of paper in her up-stretched hand. She
was being hefted by the biggest kindergarten girl in an attempt to help
their forgetful classmate. They were trying really hard, and working
very well together, but were still not tall enough. I stepped in and
handed the paper over the adult shoulder-height partition.
"Here you are," I sez.
"Thank you," said an itty voice. Of course, it was my most advanced student
who forgot about the practicalities.
I hope that means my sock attrition is a sign of intelligence. It's
probably only applicable to four-year-olds, though.