How Much Do We Really Appreciate Our Refrigerator?
Have you ever realized how much food fits in your refrigerator? It is a lot. I needed to make a repair on our fridge that required defrosting it as there was a heat component that needed to be replaced. For the few days leading up to it my family was lectured how they had to eat something from the fridge any time they were hungry. The day before I was going to start the repair, for lunch I did my part by having the left over chili, a small amount of mac & cheese, a single taco with the left over meet from taco night, a container of yogurt and a slice of cheesecake for dessert. It was my own customized 5 course meal. So I did my part and our fridge had never been so empty. I then gathered every cooler I could find in my house, used all of the ice and ice packs I could find and used freeze pops to help keep things cold knowing they would refreeze just fine.
I was amazed at how much stuff we still had in the fridge even being as empty as it had ever been in the last decade. All I thought to myself is "what would happen when a fridge just stops working?" It would be a lot of wasted food for sure.
I've not thought once about my fridge suddenly not working until this last weekend. It just works. I don't have an emergency plan for when my fridge stops working, I've never even considered the fact I might need one.
There are a lot of things that we just take for granted in our life, just expecting them to be there or to keep working. Things like our appliances, Internet and television. Or how we rely on friends and family to always be there when we need them but maybe not appreciating them like we should. Or even how we rely on the government, media or other institutions to provide services we need.
There are probably 100 things or people in our life every day we don't really notice until they are gone. There is a lot of complaining about all of the things we can't do that we used to. But rather than focusing on all that we don't have, we should look at the very things we should be thankful for every day.
It wasn't lost on me that I can fit enough food in my refrigerator to feed my family of 5 for a week or more. How lucky we are to have the horrible task of having to empty out our fridge so I can make a $30 repair.