Home and Family, Homemaking

Three cheers for indoor plumbing!

It is cold outside. Not as cold as the mid-west and eastern parts of the United States right now, but cold enough. Days like today make me more grateful for  the simple things in life.  A working furnace.  A fully-stocked pantry.  Fuzzy socks.  And indoor plumbing.

I am currently enjoying a book about cooking and housekeeping in Britain during the 19th and early 20th centuries. While some of the procedures and methods sound almost reasonable, or even down-right quaint, much of what I am reading make me cringe!  And I feel more grateful for what I have-like indoor plumbing.  No need to choose between running out to the outhouse or using a chamber pot that I would get to clean out later.  Or worrying about having enough water inside that is fresh and potable.  Or needing to manually fill a large tub to climb into a hot bath to warm up, or soak my husband’s muscles-sore from a day’s labor.

I can run a bath, put in a load of laundry, turn on the dishwasher to clean up from a meal, fill the kettle from the tap for hot chocolate or mint tea, and even make a “pit stop” without the need to go outside or start with frigid water.

Yeah for the 21st century!

2 thoughts on “Three cheers for indoor plumbing!”

  1. You and I are on the same page when it comes to plumbing. Many years ago, as a young mother and pregnant with my third child, my husband and I lived in a tent for one summer. Water had to be hauled in and heated for everything. I realized how much I missed just being able to wash off my hands when they got dirty. Some time later I read a story in the Reader’s Digest that went something like this: A young mother, her mother and grandmother were talking about the advances of the modern age and the young mother told the others that she just couldn’t live without her microwave oven. Her mother said that she could not imagine life without a refrigerator. Grandma had seen all of these things come and in her infinite wisdom said, “I am thankful for running water and indoor plumbing.”
    She summed it up quite nicely. Hope you and yours have a great New Year.

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