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.