The story about the hot water
My parents taught me a lot of things while growing up, but the stuff that they made sure stuck with me was; to always appreciate what you have, to never take anything for granted and try not to whine too much.
Well, I failed all three the last couple of days. Want to know why? Let me give it to you; it is winter and we haven’t had hot water at our apartment for the last 3 days.
Until three days ago:
1) I was not grateful for having warm water in my bathtub every night,
2) I took the fact that we have warm water for granted. It’s like a given, you expect to have warm water running freely out of your tap, and
3) Man did I whine! ! !
So, the first night Viv boiled two kettles of water, pulled out our huge Jamie Oliver pot and two other pots, filled it with water and boiled it on the stove for me. Viv and I had to bath together in water that barely covered our toes. You can actually not call it bath, we splashed around in 2 inches of water. (oversharing right) Okay movin’ on. The next night we had to drive over to our friends house to go and wash ourselves. (Thanks Daf and Lindie). Now, the third day I threw a tantrum. It was bad!! I sat on the couch and cried like a baby.
…and then I realised, how many people out there have no water, not even to mention warm water? Here I was crying over having no hot water, but down the street lives a couple under a bridge, with no clothes, no food, no water, no nothing.
We are so easy to complain about our problems. Let me tell you, our problems are not even close to what other people experience.
At the moment I am struggling to decide which kitchen tops I want in our new kitchen or what colour to paint the guest bedroom. I have a place to call home, a kitchen. I have a bedroom.
Wana know what I learned through this whole ordeal:
1) I am married to the most amazing man. He covered me in a blanket on the couch and walked four times up and down from the stove with boiling hot water to give me a warm water bath.
2) Before you complain about anything, think about whether the issue is actually worth complaining ( and crying) about.
3) I am seriously blessed.
We now have hot water again. I smiled as the warm water ran through my hands last night. I was thankful. I will forever be thankful for having hot water.