We have lived in our small town for nearly 3 years now. We have had a baby, gotten a dog, and watched our first son grow up. With no bath tub. Not an impossible task, obviously, but a tub was major on the list of "musts" in our new home.
Not a single day has gone by in the 2 weeks we've lived here that they haven't played in the bath. Clean, dirty, whatever, a bath is fun!