For about two months we didn’t have a working oven or stove. It’s incredible how often we use these two simple things. Lynden and I found ourselves making use of every other appliance we had until our new oven was installed a few weeks ago. It is so good to have a functioning kitchen again.
On top of that, the lights in the hallway and in my study have stopped working. We changed the bulbs only to realise it’s actually an electrical fault. It’s an inescapable glimpse into life without electricity at our house. Imagine having lived in a time where there were no light switches, no appliances; worst of all, imagine a life with no flushing toilets or running water. As much as we dream of legendary times when people lived in castles and fought great battles, somehow I don’t think it would be quite as enticing as we imagine. What’s worse, there are still people who don’t have so many of the basic things we take for granted. I sit here in front of my computer screen, a lamp to my right, a printer pushed against the corner of the room, two cameras on my desk, and my iphone sitting lazily next to the keyboard. How is it possible that I have let myself forget how lucky I am to not only have my basic needs fulfilled, but to live in luxury.
As I listen to the trees rustle in the wind, and the slow dripping of water from the gutters, I think I’ll take a moment to watch the sun set.