Taking “Comfort” for Granted

A row of expensive refrigerators for sale

New refrigerators, all far more expensive than ours (Photo: Wikipedia).

Sometime early yesterday morning, our refrigerator stopped working. We lost about $50 worth of food, and would have lost more if we didn’t have my mother-in-law’s home and refrigerator close by. The maintenance guy stopped by about 9 a.m. and had it running—with a replacement motor—just before 11. We put our ice tray and water-filter jugs back in and let them sit overnight to be sure it was working.

This morning, the water is cold and the ice is frozen. We have a working fridge again. The super told us to wait at least 24 hours before putting in anything that might spoil, just to be sure the temperature was back in a safe range. We’ll be bringing our saved food back from my mother-in-law’s this afternoon.

It could have been worse. We have a large deep freeze that is still working fine and another fridge nearby, thanks to my mother-in-law, but the experience reminded me of how we take our “comforts” for granted. Things like refrigeration, electricity, indoor plumbing, and even something as “basic” as clean water.

I would guess that at least half the people in the world don’t have all those luxuries.

I’ve taken them for granted in the past. I’m not going to do that anymore.

Five Minute Friday

3 thoughts on “Taking “Comfort” for Granted

  1. When Super Storm Sandy blew through last year, we lost power for a good while. Didn’t want to open fridge or freezer, couldn’t run the stove (electric), it was REALLY tricky trying to cook breakfast in the middle of driving rain using a camp-stove on the back porch…

    Those conveniences are REALLY painful when they are gone… but even bigger, though, as you pointed out, is the sense of community.

    I wonder… we bemoan the loss of luxury and say, “WEll, there are people in the world who don’t have a Whirlpool Refridgerator and electric range. Those poor people”… and then, though, I hear stories of these “poor people” who do just fine without them and don’t even miss them… and what they miss MOST is when they don’t have their village around them.

    Perhaps… instead of bemoaning the loss of luxuries and the accompanying pity party we have for those who don’t have them… perhaps we should bemoan our own poverty of loss of community… It’s not until we lose our luxuries that we realize how poor we are when it comes to community… and realize the immense treasure we have in friends and family who can come to our aid…

    …and now I’m rambling so time to sign off. 🙂


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